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Turkey detains more than 700 over alleged links to coup bid


ANKARA: Turkish government detained 729 people in nationwide raids on Tuesday over alleged links to a bunch blamed for a failed coup in 2016, the Ankara public prosecutor's administrative center stated.
Officials had despatched government in 75 provinces with the names of one,112 people under investigation over suspected ties to US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen and his movement, it stated.

Gulen is accused of ordering the tried putsch, a claim he strongly denies.

Forty-five of those arrested had been within the capital Ankara, a judicial supply, who didn't need to be named, informed AFP.

"We do not know whether the provincial authorities detained or summoned all of the individuals whose names were given," the supply added.

The Ankara public prosecutor's administrative center, which leads the coup investigation, stated 130 people at the record of suspects had been deputy police chiefs nonetheless on active accountability.

They are suspected of having bought questions prior to sitting the 2010 exam to turn out to be inspectors, it added in a statement.

Turkish officials protect the crackdown via pointing to what it describes as the Gulen group's "virus"-like infiltration of key institutions, together with the police.

Members of the movement are accused of cheating on entry assessments to gain access to necessary public our bodies.

Turkish interior minister Suleyman Soylu stated on Sunday that government "were planning a big operation" in opposition to the movement.


"Devils wouldn't even conduct the tricks that they did," Soylu stated, including that Turkey would "finish them off in this country".


There have been regular raids throughout Turkey in recent weeks in opposition to alleged participants of the movement, despite complaint from human rights defenders and Ankara's Western allies over the scale of the crackdown.


Tens of thousands of people have been taken into custody over suspected links to Gulen since 2016 while over 100,000 - together with academics, cops, and judges - have been sacked or suspended from the public sector.


Turkish justice minister Abdulhamit Gul stated ultimate month that 31,088 people have been convicted or jailed over suspected Gulen links.


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