Turkey seeks arrest of 467 people for links to Gülen movement

Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest of 467 people to face charges of links to an outlawed Islamist group accused of attempting to carry out a coup in July 2016, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

The authorities said the warrants were ordered when an ongoing crackdown on the Gülen movement revealed that suspects were involved in irregularities during police promotional exams in 2009, according to Anadolu. Eight suspects have been detained so far in simultaneous operations across 67 provinces, the agency said.

Turkey blames U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gülen and his followers for the 2016 failed coup, and has since sacked hundreds of thousands of public officials and army personnel in a series of purges.

During an alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), the Gülen movement is accused of infiltrating its acolytes into influential positions in the armed forces, judiciary, police, civil service and the media. The two wings of Turkey’s Islamist movement later fell out with a final breach coming in late 2013.