Detention warrants issued for 40 in 13 provinces over Gülen links

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Detention warrants have been issued for 40 people across 13 provinces as part of an İstanbul-based operation targeting alleged members of the faith-based Gülen movement.

The operations were reportedly launched based on the testimony of people who were also detained as part of operations targeting alleged followers of the movement who want to benefit from the Repentance Law by providing useful information about the activities of the movement.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Despite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose views inspired the movement, and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

About 115,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 92,000 detained and over 39,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt.

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