Turkey seeks arrest of 532 people for alleged Gülen group links in military

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 532 people in the military over alleged links to the outlawed Islamic movement of Fethullah Gülen.

Turkey says that followers of Islamic cleric Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, masterminded a failed military coup in July 2016. Tens of thousands of civil servants and military personnel have been expelled and arrested over links to the group since the attempted putsch.

Prosecutors in Istanbul and Izmir have decided to arrest the people for belonging to the organisational structure of the movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Monday. Military officials of high rank and students of military schools are among them, it said.

Gülen denies involvement in the coup. The United States has yet to approve a request by the Turkish government to extradite him to face trial.