Turkey issues arrest warrant for 78 suspects over failed coup

U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen

21st January 2022 – (Hong Kong) Turkey on Friday issued an arrest warrant for 78 suspects, including active soldiers, over their alleged links to a network accused of orchestrating a coup attempt in 2016, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

The warrant was part of an investigation into the Gulen Movement’s “structuring” in gendarmerie command, with 51 of the suspects already detained during the day.

The Turkish government has been carrying out a massive crackdown on suspects with links to the network since the coup attempt in 2016.

Ankara says U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen was behind the coup attempt, in which at least 250 people were killed.

A total of 24,256 personnel of the Turkish Armed Forces, including 150 generals and 10,528 officers, had been dismissed since the probes, with 1,185 suspected personnel of the army being subjected to the administrative process, Anadolu reported in December citing information provided by the Turkish defense ministry.

Meanwhile, the Turkish defense ministry has increased the number of the armed forces personnel to 479,833, of whom 440,293 are military staff, according to Anadolu.