At least 7,605 arrest warrants are outstanding as part of investigations into the Gulen movement in Turkey where the government has already put 50,344 people in pre-trial detention in its crackdown against the group since last summer.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.
Investigations were launched against 161,751 people over their links to the movement since the coup attempt, state-run Anadolu agency said on Tuesday adding that 50,344 of them were transferred to the pre-trial detention after spending some time under police custody.
Pre-trial arrest may take months and years in many cases.
Another 7,605 people have had arrest warrants issued against them over similar charges while law enforcement have yet to their whereabouts. Anadolu said 218 judges and prosecutors; 6 Council of State members; 26 Supreme Court of Appeals members; 147 military officials; 386 police officers; 3 deputy governors; 9 district governors; 6,180 public servants and people from other backgrounds face arrest warrants.
According to a post-coup emergency decree, individuals who are facing administrative or judicial investigation or prosecution over charges of “crimes against the government,” “armed rebellion against the government,” “armed attack and assassination of the president” or “membership in an armed terror organization” will be summoned by prosecutors to testify. In case they fail to respond to the call, the government is entitled to revoke their citizenship.
Last week, the government released a list of 130 people who are currently abroad including Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and three pro-Kurdish deputies who will be stripped of citizenship if they do not return to the country within three months. On June 10, a high criminal court in the southern province of Adana has applied to the Justice Ministry demanding the revocation of the citizenship of former Zaman reporter Bilal Öğütçü over terror charges.
Zaman was earlier shuttered along with dozens of other media outlets over links to the Gulen movement.