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Turkey orders arrest of 238 over alleged hyperlinks to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen

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  • Arrest warrants for 238 suspects issued by prosecutors in Izmir
  • At the very least 160 arrested throughout Turkish provinces and TRNC
  • Suspects embody 218 active-duty army personnel 

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 238 individuals over alleged hyperlinks to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara says was behind the failed 2016 coup, the Anadolu Company reported on Tuesday.

At the very least 160 suspects have already been arrested in a collection of operations throughout 60 provinces and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), safety sources advised the state-owned publication.

The event got here after prosecutors within the Izmir province had issued the warrants as a part of a probe into the Gulen group’s infiltration into the Turkish Armed Forces.

The suspects embody 218 active-duty army personnel.

For the reason that coup try, about 80,000 individuals have been held pending trial and a few 150,000 civil servants, army personnel, and others have been sacked or suspended. Greater than 20,000 individuals had been expelled from the Turkish army.

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