Turkey detained 55 military and intelligence agency personnel on Wednesday over suspected links to the faith-based Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of orchestrating a failed coup in July, media reports said.
In the latest of a series of raids targeting individuals suspected of connections to the coup attempt, police carried out operations in 31 provinces after prosecutors issued detention warrants for a total of 101 suspects, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
On July 15 a rogue faction within the military staged an attempted coup in which more than 240 people were killed. Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, denies government accusations that he or the movement he inspired was behind the action.
Turkey subsequently declared a three-month state of emergency which it extended by another three months this week, and the head of Turkey’s Constitutional Court stressed the importance of returning to a state of normalcy.
“Naturally, the aim is to eliminate the threat against the democratic constitutional order and basic rights and freedoms as soon as possible, so as to return to a normal state,” court chairman Zühtü Arslan said on Wednesday.