May 16, 2021

The Turkish Prosecutor's Office orders the arrest of 82 soldiers by coup

The Turkish Prosecutor's Office orders the arrest of 82 soldiers by coup



The Turkish police initiated today, at the request of the Ankara Prosecutor's Office, an operation to detain 82 soldiers for their alleged involvement in the failed coup d'état of July 2016.

The suspects were, until now, active military men -including a colonel and a lieutenant-, members of the country's air forces.

The Prosecutor's Office links them to the network of followers of the Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen, exiled in the United States and whom Ankara blames for the coup.

Only in the last week 585 people were arrested for alleged Gülenist links, according to the Ministry of Interior in a statement.

Since the coup attempt, more than 8,500 members of the Armed Forces, including 150 generals, have been expelled from their positions for their alleged relations with the guild of Gülen.

They mostly face trials against them or have already been prosecuted.

The number of those affected accounts for approximately 3.5% of Turkish military personnel.

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