Jul 06 2018

Arrest warrants issued for 346 soldiers in Turkey

 

Turkish prosecutors in İstanbul and İzmir on Friday issued arrest warrants against 346 soldiers, including those on duty, who were allegedly linked to the Gülen movement, a religious group Turkish government accuses of masterminding the coup attempt in 2016, state news agency Anadolu reported.

In İstanbul, the Chief Public Prosecutor’s office issued arrest warrants for 271 soldiers, including 122 on-duty, an anonymous source told Anadolu Agency. Arrest warrants were issued in İzmir for 75 soldiers, including 59 on-duty.

Turkish forces launched anti-Gülenist raids in 47 provinces in Turkey and 37 suspects have been arrested in İzmir. 

The Turkish government started a crackdown against the Gülen movement after the coup attempt, and so far more than 150,000 people, including thousands of military officials, have been fired or suspended from their jobs, while tens of thousands of Gülen devotees have fled abroad.