Jul 02 2019

Turkey orders arrest of 122 military personnel over suspected terror links

Turkey has ordered the arrest of 122 military staff over suspected links to the network it accuses of carrying out the 2016 failed military coup, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.

A total of 26 military personnel have so far been detained in raids in 58 provinces across the country, it said.

In one investigation led by the Istanbul chief prosecutor’s office, arrest warrants were issued for 40 people. In the central province of Konya, the prosecutor’s office ordered the arrest of another 40.  A separate investigation in the western province of Izmir is seeking the arrest of 42 military personnel. 

The military staff are accused of membership in the Gülen movement, which Ankara maintains was behind the failed putsch and a long-running scheme to overthrow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan by infiltrating Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

More than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial and about 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been sacked or suspended from their jobs over links to the group following the failed coup. 

Click here for full article