Turkish authorities arrest 94 judicial workers in Gülen probe
The authorities in Turkey have arrested 94 judicial workers in the latest investigation into public employees suspected of links to the outlawed religious group held responsible for the coup attempt in 2016, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Police have issued arrest warrants for 84 Justice Ministry staff suspected of ties to the Gülen religious movement and have so far arrested 50. A further 44 people from judicial and penal institutions have been arrested in the operations, Anadolu said.
The Turkish government blames followers of Fethullah Gülen, an Islamist preacher living in self-imposed exile in the United States, for carrying out a coup attempt in July 2016 in which more than 250 people were killed.
Gülen and members of his movement deny involvement in the coup attempt. Turkish authorities have dismissed over 100,000 public employees since the attempted putsch, and have arrested thousands of suspected Gülenists in a series of purges.