Some 445,000 people have faced investigation over their links to the Gulen movement so far in Turkey, according to official sources.

“Investigations were launched against 445,000 members of this group, a figure that amounts to population of some countries,” Ömer Faruk Aydıner, Deputy Undersecretary of the Defence Ministry told an Istanbul conference in mid-July, this year.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. The Turkish government blames the Gülen movement for the attempt while the group denies involvement.

More than 90,000 people have been remanded in pre-trial detention as part of the investigations so far.