Mar 16 2018

Over half a million suspected Gülenists investigated since coup

The number of investigations into suspected Gülenists in Turkey has soared over the past eight months, with 402,000 investigated since July 2017, compared to 171,970 the previous year, state news agency Anadolu said.

Prosecutors and courts were working ever-faster to investigate and prosecute possible members of the group, the news agency said, and this was reflected in the total of 573,970 investigated from July 15, 2016 to Mar. 15, 2018.

The Gülen movement, a secretive religious sect made up of the followers of exile preacher Fethullah Gülen, stands accused of having carried out the failed July 2016 coup attempt in which more than 200 people were killed.

Analysts say the vast majority of those linked to the movement were not involved in the coup attempt, and opposition parties accuse the government of using emergency powers to crack down on critics of all shades of opinion.