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103 Soldiers Detained Over Failed Coup

 

Suspected of having links to the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, accused of orchestrating an unsuccessful coup in mid-2016, 103 Turkish soldiers have been ordered to be imprisoned.

Turkish prosecutors ordered the detention on Friday 9th November.

Police have carried out regular sweeps against alleged supporters of the preacher since the coup attempt of July 2016, in which 250 people died.

Gulen denies participation in the attempted coup.

In the latest operation, in Istanbul and 31 other provinces, police have so far arrested 74 people, Anadolu said.

The 103 suspects, all on active service, included lieutenant colonels and colonels, it said, adding that an investigation had shown they had conversed over fixed-line and pay telephones.

Fethullah Gulen
Fethullah Gulen

 

Authorities say members of the alleged Gulen network communicated through payphones.
Turkey’s Western allies have condemned the crackdown, which mostly took place under a state of emergency declared shortly after the overthrow attempt and remained in effect until July 2018.

Erdogan’s critics accused him of using the failed coup as a pretext to quash dissent.
Turkey says the measures are essential to combat threats to national security.

The putsch attempt was carried out by a faction within the Turkish Armed Forces that organised themselves as the Peace at Home Council.

They tried to seize control of several key places in Ankara and Istanbul, but failed to do so after forces loyal to the state defeated them.

The government accused the coup leaders of being linked to the Gülen movement, which is labelled as a terrorist organisation by Turkey.

Turkish Millitary
Turkish Millitary

 

Gülen has suggested the coup was a “self-coup” carried out by President Erdoğan to consolidate his grip on power, a wild conspiracy theory shared among some analysts and some Turks unsupported by events or established facts.

Many government buildings, including the Presidential Palace and Turkish Parliament were bombed from the air.

Mass arrests followed immediately, with at least 40,000 detained, including over 10,000 soldiers and, for reasons that remain unclear, 2,745 judges.

15,000 education staff were also suspended and the licenses of 21,000 teachers working at private institutions were withdrawn as well after the government alleged they were loyal to Gülen.

More than 77,000 people have been arrested and over 160,000 fired from their jobs, on accusations of connections to Gülen.

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