An Ankara prosecutor issued detention warrats for a total of sixty-nine cadets attending the Turkish Military Academy over their alleged involvement in a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Police have so far detained 50 of the cadets in several different Turkish provinces.

The suspects are accused of arming their classmates in an effort to participate the coup attempt to overthrow Turkish President Repec Tayyip Erdoğan and his government.

 Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the group, repeatedly denied having any role in the failed coup, but Turkish authorities initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the group from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.