At least 30 people were arrested early Friday over their suspected links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the July 2016 defeated coup.
The arrests came after the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara issued arrest warrants for 43 suspects as part of probe into group's "absence houses", a label given to hideouts of secret FETO members, across the province, according to security sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
30 of them were arrested during simultaneous raids conducted across 30 different addresses across the capital.
The source added that the operation remained ongoing to nab the rest of the suspects. Source
20 more military personnel detained over alleged Gülen links
Turkish police on Friday detained 18 officers and two cadets in 18 provinces as part of an investigation by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office into the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
The Kayseri Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 41 active duty and former military personnel as part of an investigation into the movement.
Last week, 112 officers were detained across Turkey as part of Kars, Manisa, İzmir and Konya-based investigations into the movement. Source
25 students detained over Gülen links in Turkey’s Adana
Turkish police on Saturday detained 25 university students in Adana province as part of an investigation by the Adana Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office into the Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to the report, police raided student housing in Adana city center. Media reported later in the day that 13 of the suspects were released. Source
Turkish gov’t detains 13,604 over Gülen links in last five months
The Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday that 446 people have been detained in the past week due to alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, bringing the total number of people detained in first five months of the year to 13,604.
Police had detained 10,472 people over alleged links to the movement in the first four months of 2018. Source
Detention warrants issued for 33 educators over Gülen links
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Wednesday issued detention warrants for 33 educators for allegedly running illegal preparatory schools and having ties with the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Source
Detention warrants issued for 77 over ByLock use
The İstanbul and Bolu chief public prosecutor’s offices on Thursday issued detention warrants for a total of 77 people for alleged use of a smart phone application known as ByLock, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to the report, 33 people have been detained in police operations in 30 provinces across Turkey.
Turkish authorities believe ByLock is a communication tool among followers of the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government of orchestrating a failed coup on July 15, 2016, a claim the movement denies. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt.
The Supreme Court of Appeals’ Assembly of Criminal Chambers ruled in September 2017 that the ByLock smart phone application is to be considered evidence of membership in a terrorist organization following Turkish Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül’s remarks on ByLock constituting strong evidence of terrorist organization membership. Source
Detention warrants issued for 3 active duty, 20 retired military personnel
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for three active duty and 20 retired military members from the Gendarmerie General Command as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to the report, police conducted operations in nine provinces over accusations of communicating secretly by pay telephone.
The three active duty soldiers were captains in the gendarmerie. Seven retired majors and 13 retired captains had previously been under investigation.
In the last week of May detention warrants were issued for 153 officers as part of Kayseri, Kars, Manisa, İzmir and Konya-based investigations into the movement. Source
Ankara court gives 4 aggravated life sentences to Gülen movement’s ‘brain team’
The Ankara 4th High Criminal Court has handed down aggravated life sentences to four defendants convicted of attempting to violate the constitutional order.
The case was opened before a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey against 75 people who were accused of being the “brain team” of the Gülen movement.
Among the four, Hidayet Karaca, who was former chief executive of Samanyolu Media Group, had been detained in December 2014 along with Ekrem Dumanlı, editor-in-chief of the Zaman newspaper, both of them affiliated with the Gülen movement.
“Yes I worked for Samanyolu Media Group. These companies were not established for crime. I never witnessed the commission of crimes in these companies. I just did broadcasting. Never participated in a violent act. Was never armed,” Karaca said in his final statement. Source
Detention warrants issued for 64 people over Gülen links
The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Friday issued detention warrants for 64 people for working for now-closed associations allegedly linked to the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to the report, 26 of the 64 being sought have been detained by police in operations across nine provinces, while 38 are still at large. Source
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11 - 20 June
492 detained in one week over alleged Gülen links
A total of 492 people have been detained in the past week due to alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, the Turkish Interior Ministry announced on Monday.
Police had detained 13,604 people over alleged links to the movement in the first five months of 2018.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government pursued a crackdown on the Gülen movement following corruption operations in December 2013 in which the inner circle of the government and then-Prime Minister Erdoğan were implicated. Source
Istanbul court remands 20 FETO suspects in custody
A court in Istanbul remanded in custody 20 suspects on Thursday as part of an investigation into the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), according to a judicial source.
Among the suspects were serving soldiers and so-called group imams, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, said. Eleven other suspects in the case were released. The suspects were accused of being linked to an armed terror organization, the source added. Source
Gülen’s nephew sentenced to 8 years, 9 months in jail
Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen’s nephew, identified as S.G., was given 8 years and 9 months in prison on terror charges.
State-run Anadolu news agency said Thursday that S.G., under pretrial detention since Dec 2017, was convicted on charges of membership to an armed terror group.
Turkish government accuses Fethullah Gulen and his Hizmet movement for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the group denies involvement. More than 160,000 people have passed through police custody, of which 90,000 were put in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016.
Many relatives of the group’s self-exiled inspirational leader Fethullah Gulen were arrested while critics often criticize the government for a massive purge it is carrying out that violates the principle of individual criminal responsibility even before Gulen himself is convicted of accusations. Source
6 former national football team stars indicted over Gülen links
An indictment seeking from seven to 15 years in prison for six former Turkish footballers over links to the Gülen movement was accepted by the İstanbul 32nd High Criminal Court on Wednesday. Among them, Ömer Çatkıç, who played for the national team 19 times, has been in pretrial detention since August 2017.
Çatkıç was part of the team during the World Cup success in 2002, when Turkey achieved third place in the tournament. Another national team star, Zafer Biryol has been in pretrial detention since December 2017. Biryol was the top goal scorer of the Turkish Super League with 25 goals in 33 games, in 2004.
Former Fenerbahçe footballers Bekir İrtegün and Uğur Boral, along with Ersin Güreler and İsmail Şengül, were briefly detained as part of the investigation in 2017 but were released on their own recognizance. Source
119 people detained in past week over Gülen links
A total of 119 people have been detained in the past week, from June 11 to 18, as part of a crackdown targeting alleged members of the Gülen movement, according to a statement issued by the Turkish Interior Ministry on Monday.
Police detained 13,604 people over alleged links to the movement in the first five months of the year.
On Sunday 12 people were detained over Gülen links by gendarmes in Edirne province while they were allegedly trying to cross the border into Greece.
Arrest warrants were outstanding for all of the detainees, including a dismissed academic and three private school employees, over alleged use of ByLock, a message application on smart phones, the Doğan news agency reported. Source
Arrest warrants out for 124 suspects in FETÖ case
Turkish prosecutors on June 19 issued arrest warrants for 124 people over their suspected links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), according to security sources speaking to the state-run Anadolu Agency. The group, led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, is widely believed to have been behind the July 2016 coup attempt.
The suspects are alleged "covert imams" of the group in the Turkish Armed Forces, according to judicial sources in the central Konya province, speaking to the agency on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media. The suspects are being sought in simultaneous raids across 31 provinces, the statement said, adding that the operations are ongoing. Source
119 people detained over Gülen links in past week: gov’t
At least 119 people were detained as part of investigations into the Gülen movement over the past week, according to government data. In a written statement on Monday, the Interior Ministry said 119 people were rounded up in operations targeting the Gülen movement between June 11-18.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement. Nearly 160,000 people have been detained and 90,000 arrested over ties to the movement since the summer of 2016.
The ministry’s statement also said 12 others were detained over ties to what the government says radical leftist organizations in the past week. Source
203,518 Gülen movement followers investigated thus far, Justice Ministry says
Turkish prosecutors have investigated 203,518 followers of the Gülen movement in the past five years, Justice Ministry data released on Monday indicated. According to the data, 83,722 Gülen movement followers are currently standing trial, and 16,195 are in pretrial detention.
A total of 34,926 Gülen movement followers have been convicted, with 12,617 in prison, while the remainder is free on bail pending appeal. A total of 13,992 defendants have been acquitted by the courts.
The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, although the movement strongly denies the allegations.
283 trials have been conducted countrywide on coup attempt charges, of which courts have reached verdicts in 180. 660 suspects received aggravated life sentences, while 888 were handed life sentences and 653 were given jail sentences varying from one year, two months to 20 years.
During the trials on coup attempt charges, 1,552 suspects were acquitted, and in 595 cases a decision of non-prosecution was made. Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül on June 7 said the trials related to the Gülen movement would be finalized at the end of the year. Source
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21 - 30 June
Detention warrants issued for 192 military personnel
Turkish authorities have ordered the detention of 192 military personnel in operations targeting suspected supporters of the Gülen movement, accused of orchestrating a failed coup two years ago, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing authorities and media.
One former brigadier general and 30 pilots were among 99 members of the air force facing possible charges in an investigation launched by Ankara prosecutors and spread across 20 other provinces, the prosecutor’s office said.
It said the detainees were suspected of being in contact with the network of the cleric, Fethullah Gülen, and of communicating with it via periodic pay phone calls, a method believed to be used by supporters of the group.
In a separate series of operations, authorities ordered the detention of 93 personnel from the army, navy and coast guard, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Source
17 more teachers sought by prosecutor over Gülen links
Detention warrants were issued on Thursday for 17 teachers as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
According to the report, as part of an Ankara probe police conducted operations in seven provinces and detained five of 17 teachers who were former staff members of schools closed down by a state of emergency decree following a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.
Some of the teachers were accused of using a smart phone application known as ByLock and having account in Bank Asya, which was seized in 2015 and closed down by the Turkish government following the coup attempt. The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on April 10 had issued detention warrants for 79 teachers who were former staff members at schools linked to the Gülen movement.
The tr724 news website reported in early March that the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office had issued 300 detention warrants in one month for teachers who had worked at schools owned by people close to the movement. Source
Detention warrants issued for 57 military personnel over alleged Gülen links
The Batman Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Thursday issued detention warrants for 57 active duty military personnel as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Turkish authorities on Wednesday had ordered the detention of 192 military personnel in operations targeting suspected supporters of the Gülen movement. Source
Over 135 FETO terror suspects arrested across Turkey
At least 138 people were arrested on Thursday for their alleged links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, security officials said. In capital Ankara-based operation, five of the suspects were arrested in simultaneous raids in seven different provinces, a security official said on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media.
Previously, the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Ankara had issued arrest warrants for 17 former teachers for their suspected links to FETO. The suspects were accused of working for FETO-linked schools before shut down by a statutory decree, the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.
According to the statement, some of the suspects were accused of depositing money at the FETO-affiliated Bank Asya, whose banking license was cancelled on July 22, 2016 -- seven days after the defeated coup -- by Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency. Some of them were also accused of using the terror group’s encrypted messaging program, ByLock. In another operation based in the Aegean province of Balikesir, police arrested 10 soldiers, who were previously found to have be in touch with “covert imams” of the FETO by payphone, another security official said.
On Wednesday, the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office in Balikesir had issued arrest warrants for 22 soldiers, who worked for the country’s coast guard, naval and land forces, as part of an investigation carried out in coordination with the provincial security directorate. Source
Arrest warrants out for 48 FETO-linked suspects
The Chief Public Prosecutor's Office in Ankara on Friday issued arrest warrants for 48 people over their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.
Suspects include four former police commissioners and 44 ex-police officers.
A written statement from the prosecutor's office said arrest warrants were issued for former police personnel across seven provinces: Ankara, Kayseri, Konya, Hatay, Amasya, Malatya and Corum. Security units have already arrested 33 suspects. Source