The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 102 people working at the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock over alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement.
Thirty of the 102 people for whom detention warrants were issued were detained in simultaneous operations across 27 provinces as part of the Ankara-based investigation on Friday.
The detainees are accused of membership in a terror organization.
Turkey experienced a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.
In the currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of March 1, 93,248 people were being held without charge, with an additional 46,274 in pre-trial detention.
A total of 7,316 academics were dismissed, and 4,070 judges and prosecutors were purged over alleged coup involvement or terrorist links.