Former public servants, soldiers rounded up in post-coup crackdown targeting Gülen followers

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Turkey has ordered the detention of 91 people including former public servants and soldiers as part of a massive post-coup crackdown targeting the faith-based Gülen movement.

The Kocaeli Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday issued detention warrants for seven former employees of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) on accusations of Gülen links.

Police raided houses in six provinces and detained all the suspects, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkey accuses of the Gülen movement of orchestrating a 2016 coup attempt, although it strongly denies any involvement.

Since the coup some 140,000 public servants have been dismissed from state jobs over their alleged affiliation with the movement or other “terrorist groups.”

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday ordered the detention of 30 former police officers over Gülen links.

The suspects were accused of rigging a police entrance exam in 2009.

At least 16 suspects were detained in police operations in 14 provinces, according to the report.

In a separate investigation, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday issued detention warrants for 29 people, including former judges and soldiers, over Gülen links.

The Konya Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday ordered the detention of 25 soldiers as part of a post-coup purge in the military.

The suspects were accused of secretly communicating with Gülen-linked individuals by pay phone.

At least 11 suspects were taken into custody in police operations conducted in seven provinces.

Meanwhile, former Supreme Court of Appeals judges Bilal Karadağ and Ahmet Taşkın received almost eight years in prison each on charges of membership in the Gülen movement.

Over half a million people have been the subjects of prosecution for their alleged ties to the Gülen movement since the 2016 putsch.

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