Ankara prosecutors drafted 11,297 indictments on terrorism charges in 2018

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An inside view from the Turkey's biggest court house, Çağlayan. PHOTO: Hürriyet

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Monday announced that 11,297 indictments were prepared by the office based on terrorism charges in 2018, the state-owned Anadolu news agency reported.

The office reviewed more than 600,000 files during the year, of which 61,717 concerned individuals suspected of terrorism, the report said.

According to the Justice Ministry, some 45,000 people are currently in jail on terrorism-related charges, including inmates convicted of terrorism and defendants in pretrial detention on similar charges.

Prisons within the jurisdiction of the Ankara prosecutor’s office house a total of 9,348 inmates including suspects in pre-trial detention.

Out of 3,562 convicted prisoners in these prisons, 16 of them are accused of membership in the Gülen movement, a faith-based network that is accused by the government of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt.

Also, 2,901 alleged Gülen members were in pre-trial detention.

More than 600,000 people have been investigated by Turkish prosecutors over Gülen links since the failed coup.

The movement strongly denies any involvement.

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