Turkey issues detention warrants for 63 over links to Gulen

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/12 17:49:51

The Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office issued detention warrants Tuesday for 63 suspects, including former intelligence personnel, over their alleged links to the Gulen Movement, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.

A total of 45 former employees of National Intelligence Organization (MIT) are involved in the detention warrants, according to a judicial source.

The police launched raids in 21 provinces across Turkey as part of the ongoing probes into Gulen's supporters. Nine suspects have been arrested.

Fethullah Gulen, a US-based preacher, is accused by Ankara of orchestrating the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

In the massive crackdown since the failed coup attempt, more than 50,000 suspects have been detained pending trial for alleged ties to the Gulenists, with 150,000 dismissed or suspended from jobs.

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