Turkey issues arrest warrants for 14 police officers over terror links in Ankara

The Ankara’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s office has ordered the arrest of 14 members of Turkey’s police force as part of an ongoing investigation against the Gülen Movement, a group Ankara accuses of orchestrating the July 2016 coup attempt, Turkish news agency DHA reported on Tuesday.

According to DHA, the arrest warrants issued for the 14 suspects, including six security directors and three commissioners, are based on their use of the messaging app ByLock, which Turkish authorities consider evidence of membership to the Gülent movement, which Ankara labels the Fethullahist Terrorist Organisation (FETÖ).

Turkey maintains that the Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, and his followers are behind the failed coup attempt in July 2016. Tens of thousands of civil servants have been expelled and/or arrested over links to the group since the failed putsch.

Operations against suspects linked to the group continue in six Turkish provinces, reported DHA.

Konya’s chief public prosecutor has ordered the arrest of 29 suspects based on their use of ByLock and depositing money into their accounts in Bank Asya, also linked to the gorup, on orders received through the app.

An operation was launched in the third largest Western Turkish city of Izmir as part of another investigation over links to the group, it said.