The 50-year-old movie producer Ali Tokul has become the latest victim of Turkey’s purge that has seen 40,029 people detained and 20,355 arrested since the July 15 coup attempt.
Those arrested included judges, prosecutors, journalists, teachers, military and police officers, governors and even a comedian. A former finalist of Turkey’s popular talent show, Yetenek Sizsiniz was also detained as part of the same purge.
The producer of the comedy film Sürgün İnek, Tokul was arrested in İstanbul, on Thursday. The pro-government media outlets broke the developments as saying: “FETÖ Imam responsible for art sector arrested.”
FETÖ is an abbreviation coined by the President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in order to describe the alleged network of the faith-based Gulen Movement within state institutions.
In his initial remarks even before the coup attempt was rebuffed, Erdoğan said the incident was organized by the movement, without showing any evidence.
The attempt was a gift from God to cleanse Gulen Movement from within the state, Erdoğan said on the evening of the coup bid.
A total of 81,494 people have been purged from state bodies, 40,029 detained and 20,355 arrested since July 15. With 113 media outlets shut down, 44 journalists have been arrested since then.