Wanted prosecutor arrested over FETÖ links
A fugitive prosecutor with suspected ties to FETÖ has been arrested after being caught in Istanbul, state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Oct. 22.
Mehmet Murat Dalkuş, a prosecutor during the Ergenekon trials, had been expelled from his profession by the High Council of Judges and Prosecutors due to his alleged involvement with FETÖ.
He was being sought since the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which is orchestrated by FETÖ.
Provincial gendarmerie command detained him on Oct. 21 following a two-month investigation.
Dalkuş was accused by the Supreme Court of abuse of duty, deprivation of liberty and membership in an armed terrorist organization.
The Ergenekon conspiracy probe, dating back to 2007, led to a series of trials of military officers, politicians, academics and journalists alleged to be members of Ergenekon, a clandestine organization accused of plotting against the government.
They were convicted in 2013, but the Supreme Court of Appeals later overturned hundreds of convictions in the case.
Last year, Turkish authorities said the 2013 Ergenekon trial was based on fabricated evidence and blamed the plaintiff, who were FETÖ member soldiers, of trying to purge the military of rival officers.
Meanwhile, prosecutors on Oct. 22 issued detention warrants for 60 people over their suspected links to FETÖ, Anadolu Agency said.
Prosecutors in the Central Anatolian province of Konya issued warrants for 60 suspects, who were accused of being “covert imams” – senior FETÖ members – leading terror group members who infiltrated into the Turkish Armed Forces.
The warrants were issued following the statements of previously detained army personnel who were the members of FETÖ.
Konya’s organized crime police launched simultaneous operations across 27 provinces to nab the suspects.