Pro-Kurdish HDP lawmaker says detained foreign ministry staff being tortured

Pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP) lawmaker and member of Turkey's Human Rights Inquiry Committee Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu on Sunday said number of foreign ministry staff detained earlier this month over terror links had been tortured.

The detained foreign ministry staff have been exposed to severe torture Gergerlioğlu said on Twitter, citing an anonymous source and urging the Interior Ministry to provide an explanation on the issue.

Turkish authorities on May 20 issued arrest warrants for 249 foreign ministry staff over alleged exam cheating, an act the Turkish government links to Gülen movement, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating the 2016 coup attempt. A total of 78 suspects were detained in police operations following the arrest warrants, according to reports.

Gergerlioğlu also submitted a written inquiry to Vice President Fuat Oktay on the alleged torture of the staff.

Following the failed coup attempt, thousands of people have been arrested for links to a Gülen movement. Around 150,000 public employees have been suspended or sacked as part of the crackdown that goes beyond Turkey's borders seeking the extradition of alleged members living outside the country.