Turkey orders arrest of 158 in navy probe over Gulen hyperlinks


ISTANBUL:

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 158 suspects together with 33 serving troopers in an operation concentrating on individuals allegedly linked to a preacher who Turkey says was behind a 2016 failed coup, state-owned Anadolu information company mentioned on Tuesday.

The investigation, stretching throughout 41 provinces, was a part of a five-year-old crackdown towards the community of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. He denies any involvement within the putsch of July 2016, through which greater than 250 individuals had been killed.

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So far 97 individuals have been detained within the newest operation, Anadolu mentioned. The suspects included 110 navy college students who had been expelled within the wake of the coup try, in addition to 48 serving and former navy personnel.

Following the failed navy takeover, about 80,000 individuals had been held pending trial, and a few 150,000 civil servants, navy personnel, and others had been sacked or suspended. More than 20,000 individuals have been expelled from the Turkish navy.

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