Seven out of 21 people who had previously filed legal complaints against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan were arrested as a result of an operation targeting the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of being behind an attempted coup on July 15, 2016, on Tuesday.
After Erdoğan said during a public rally in February 2014 that he would “go into the Gülenists’ lairs to dig them out,” 21 people, including teachers and businessmen, filed complaint against the President claiming that they had been intimidated.
Police detained only 10 out of 21 upon the order of Antalya Public Prosecutor’s Office on Jan. 10, this year as the remaining 9 were found to be already in jail as part of a separate investigation into the movement.
While 7 of the detainees were arrested, 3 were released on probation on Tuesday.
In the very aftermath of the July 15 coup attempt, Turkey announced a State of Emergency, under which basic human rights came under jeopardy. More than 123,500 people lost their jobs, over 88,000 were detained and some 42,400 arrested in post-coup government purges.