Detention warrants were issued on Tuesday for at least 189 people, including teachers, former public officers, engineers, businessmen and active duty and dismissed military officers, due to alleged links to the Gülen group, Turkish media reported.
The Gulen group is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2018. The group, however, denies any involvement.
As of Wednesday morning,46 people are wanted by the Turkish police as part of an investigation launched by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office. 22 others are also being sought by the Turkish authorities as part of a separate investigation launched by the public prosecutor’s office in İzmir.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu said on February 20 that a total of 622,646 people have been the subject of investigation and 301,932 have been detained, while 96,000 others have been jailed due to alleged links to the Gülen group since the failed coup. The minister said there are currently 25,467 people in Turkey’s prisons who were jailed on alleged links to the group .
The government also removed more than 130,000 civil servants from their jobs on alleged Gülen links following the coup attempt.
In addition to the thousands who were jailed, scores of other Gülen group followers had to flee Turkey to avoid the government crackdown.