An Antalya court has re-arrested a total of 16 individuals including journalists and police officers over their alleged links to Gülen movement shortly after their release by another court last week.
The Antalya 2nd High Criminal Court last week released 20 police officers and eight journalists on judicial probation. According to Hürriyet daily, the Antalya 3rd High Criminal Court ruled on Monday for the re-arrest of 16 of them following objection from prosecutors against their release.
Zaman’s former local news representative in Antalya, Tuncer Çetinkaya and journalists Serhat Şeftali and Olgun Matur are among the re-arrested journalists.
They had been in pre-trial detention since a failed coup attempt on July 15.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 which killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AKP government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.
According to a statement from Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on April 2, a total of 113,260 people have been detained as part of investigations into the Gülen movement since the July 15 coup attempt while 47,155 were put into pre-trial detention.