The İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 117 former and active duty officers of various ranks across 45 Turkish provinces over alleged links to the Gülen group, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

The ongoing investigation targets 98 incumbent and 19 dismissed military personnel including 2 colonels, one lieutenant colonel, six majors, four captains, 16  lieutenants, 32  second lieutenants, 51 noncommissioned officers, two specialist sergeants and three cadets.

Since July 15, 2016, one hundred thirty generals and admirals in the Turkish military were either dismissed or suspended as part of the ongoing purge.

The Cumhuriyet daily reported in March that the government plans to investigate 90,000 more military personnel over links to the Gülen movement.

“If it was a coup perpetrated by the Gülen movement and 22,920 military personnel were dismissed for their connections to the movement as Erdoğan and the government assert, why did only 8,651 military members participate in the coup?” is a question being asked by critics.

 

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