The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants on International Women’s Day for 121 women due to alleged links to the Turkey’s Gülen group, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.
Among the suspects are the sister-in-law of Adil Öksüz, a major suspect in the investigation into a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016. Öksüz is accused of being the head of the Gülen group’s alleged network within the air force. He was briefly detained after the coup attempt and is still at large.
Turkish police detained a total of 4,725 people over alleged links to the group in the first two months of 2018.
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government pursued a crackdown on the Gülen movement following corruption operations in December 2013 in which the inner circle of the government and then-Prime Minister Erdoğan were implicated.
Erdoğan also accuses the Gülen group of masterminding a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.
Despite the denies any involvement.
A total of 62,895 people were detained in 2017 as part of investigations into the movement, according to Interior Ministry reports.