At least 20 former public servants were detained by İstanbul police in midnight raids  for “providing moral and financial support” to the families of Gulenist purge-victims.

According to the Kronos news portal,  police accuses the detainees of attempting to re-establish the Gulen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016. The group denies any involvement. More than 500,000 people have been investigated over ties to the group in Turkey so far.

The news portal also said the detainees were taken to the İstanbul Police Headquarters for interrogation.