An Ankara court ruled on arrest of three military attaches over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 failed coup.
Ankara police earlier detained eight military attaches over Gülen-links. While five of them were released on probation, the remaining three were put behind bars, on Saturday.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement. Despite Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
More than 100,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 51,000 detained and 27,329 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.