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Detention warrants issued for 51 in İzmir over Gülen links

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The İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 51 people due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in July 2016, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.

According to the report, police detained 23 of 51 people who were allegedly linked to Gülen movement members in the Turkish military and police during operations in 19 provinces.
In similar developments, detention warrants were issued on Thursday for a total of 165 people including staff members of two ministries and the military across Turkey.

The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that 998 people have been detained in one week due to alleged links to the Gülen movement.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15 through government decrees issued as part of the state of emergency.

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