Turkey charges 94 people with Gülen links - Anadolu

Turkish prosecutors have charged 94 people with links to the outlawed Gülen movement, which the government accuses of orchestrating a failed coup in 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Tuesday.

The Ankara prosecutor's office said in a statement the suspects had used ByLock, an encrypted chat app considered evidence of membership of the secretive Islamist movement.

Sixty-seven suspects have been detained and the police were searching for the remainder, Anadolu said.

More than 77,000 people have been arrested for links to the group, which is designated a terrorist organisation by Turkey. Around 150,000 public employees have also been suspended or sacked as part of the crackdown.

Followers of reclusive U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen rose to powerful positions in the civil service, military, judiciary and media while the movement was allied to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Islamist party, which came to power in 2002. But the allies fell out a decade later and analysts say a crackdown on Gülenists in the military sparked the coup attempt.