Turkish authorities order detention of 131 in latest round of Gülen purge

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Prosecutors on Wednesday have ordered the detention of 131 people accused of being members of an outlawed religious movement, Hürriyet newspaper reported.

Turkish police have detained 54 soldiers, 47 public officials and 30 private-sector employees over links to the Gülen movement, a religious group Turkey accuses of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, Hürriyet said.

Soldiers from the air force and the gendarmerie command, as well as judges accused of leaking the questions to a civil service entrance exam in 2011 and public servants that worked for the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TÜBİTAK) were detained in simultaneous police operations, according to Hürriyet.

The Turkish government began sweeping purges of people it accused of links to the Gülen movement following the July 2016 coup attempt. The movement’s U.S.-based leader, Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, denies any involvement.