About 1,800 military members have been suspended even though they showed remorse over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement, according to the Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli.

“Some 1,800 people who give their statements to prosecutors as ‘confessors’ have been suspended. If they really want to benefit from the remorse law, they should do what is required. They should honestly reveal what they know in order to uncover the encrypted elements of this organization. According to our legislation, they can tap into the remorse law only this way,” Canikli said Thursday.

Turkish government blames the Gulen movement for the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 150,000 people including thousands of military members have lost their jobs over their affiliations to the group since the summer of 2016.

The UN Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer said in a written statement on Feb 27, 2018 that he was alarmed by allegations that large numbers of individuals suspected of links to the Gülenist Movement or the armed Kurdistan Workers’ Party [PKK] were exposed to brutal interrogation techniques aimed at extracting forced confessions or coercing detainees to incriminate others.”