Turkey Orders Sweeping Arrests of 532 Suspects over Fethullah Gülen Links

Prosecutors in Turkey have ordered the detention of 532 suspects, including 459 serving military personnel, in an extensive government operation that targets individuals related to a U.S.-based Islamic preacher who was alleged of instigating a 2016 attempted coup.

Fethullah Gülen is a businessman and a Muslim cleric who has been accused by Ankara of inciting a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

The unsuccessful regime change that Gülen did with his followers – also known as the Gülenists – became uncontrollable and violent, leaving more than 150 individuals killed and many others injured.

In a press release on Monday, the Turkish prosecutors announced that the investigation has been conducted in 62 provinces across the country as part of the government’s sustained crackdown against the network of the Muslim preacher.

State-run Anadolu news agency reported that authorities have ordered the detention of 258 suspects, with the serving personnel including four colonels, one lieutenant colonel, nine majors and 24 captains.

Prosecutors in the Aegean province of Izmir also ordered the arrest of 274 people.

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