An additional 53 Türk Telekom employees have been detained in a fresh operation as part of a probe over the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey on Aug. 29, Doğan News Agency has reported.

As part of an investigation launched by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office against the Gülen Movement, which the government blames for the failed coup attempt, detention warrants were issued for 89 people, including employees at Türk Telekom.In the first wave of operations, a total of 28 people at Türk Telekom were sent to court with an arrest request and 11 of them were arrested.

The company has so far ceased the job contracts of 290 people in coordination with authorities, company representatives had said earlier.

The headquarters of the company in Istanbul and the capital Ankara were raided by military officers on the night of July 15 and one Türk Telekom employee died.


This article originally appeared in Hurriyet Daily News on August 29.