The total number of Turkish citizens who have faced investigation since July 2016 on terror and coup linked charges exceeded half a million by July 2020, according to Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ.

A total of 19,300 people are still in prison over similar charges across Turkey.

During a live TV interview with Yeni Şafak’s Ayşe Böhürler on Tuesday, Bozdag also said that a total of 69,688 people are still being prosecuted by High Criminal Court across the country.

Turkey survived a coup attempt on July 15, 2016 following which the AKP government declared a state of emergency and launched a massive crackdown on the alleged or real followers of the Gülen group.

The Turkish government accuses the Gülen group of masterminding the failed coup and labels it a “terrorist organization named Fetö.” The group denies involvement in the coup attempt.

According to Bozdağ, a total of 117,708 people have so far been sentenced to lengthy prison sentences over alleged Gulen links.