The total number of Turkish citizens who have faced investigation since July 2016 on terror and coup linked charges exceeded half a million by December 2019, according to an opposition party deputy chairman.

A total of  562,581 people have been investigated over real and alleged links to the Gülen movement, Feti Yıldız, deputy chairman of the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) reported.

Supporters of the movement are accused of coup participation since the Turkish government holds the movement responsible for a failed coup in July 2016 and considers it a terrorist organization.

The movement however denies any involvement.

According to the same statistics, out of the 562,581 people who have been investigated, 263,553 have been detained and 91,610 have been arrested. There are currently 27,034 people in Turkey’s prisons who were arrested as part of investigations into followers of the Gülen movement.