Turkey orders detention of 144 over Gulen links

Turkey orders detention of 144 over Gulen links
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  • calendar-gray 22 March 2019

The Istanbul chief prosecutor said on Friday it had ordered the detention of 126 suspects employed in the judicial system with alleged links to the network of Fethullah Gulen, a cleric who Turkey says orchestrated a July 2016 coup attempt, ONA reports citing Reuters.

About 250 people were killed in the failed putsch. Gulen has lived in Pennsylvania since 1999.

Turkey says that along with its military and state institutions, its judiciary was infiltrated by members of Gulen’s network. Since the coup, thousands of prosecutors and judges have been dismissed.

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