The İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued arrest warrants for 56 lawyers as part of an investigation targeting people linked to Turkey’s Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Friday.


The lawyers are accused of membership to a terrorist organization, a clear reference to the Gülen movement as the government considers the group as terrorist.

The prosecutor’s office said police couldn’t locate 56 of a group of lawyers against whom detention warrants were issued earlier, at their registered addresses.

Detention warrants were issued for 189 lawyers over Gülen links on June 14.

Turkey has already detained more than 120,000 people and arrested some 50,000 including over 370 lawyers since last summer.