Turkey arrests 111 military members over Gülen links

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An İstanbul court on Wednesday ruled to arrest 111 noncommissioned officers who were detained a few days earlier as part of a large-scale crackdown on followers of the faith-based Gülen movement, the Diken news website reported.

Detention warrants were issued for a total of 222 officers on Saturday. At least 141 suspects were taken into police custody after raids in 54 provinces and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (KKTC).

A total of 138 were subsequently referred to court after their questioning by the chief public prosecutor’s office.

The court ordered the release of 27 officers pending trial while ruling to arrest the others.

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

Since the abortive putsch, over 17,000 soldiers have been dismissed from the Turkish Armed Forces due to alleged links to the movement.

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