The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office on Tuesday issued detention warrants for 37 educators as part of an investigation into the Private Akıllı Schools due to alleged links to the Turkey’s Gülen movement, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

According to the report, police launched an operation to detain 37 teachers and executives of the schools including owner İdris Yurteri. Police also raided 17 school buildings in six district of Ankara, while a penal court of peace limited the disposition of the schools.

The prosecutor’s office accused Yurteri of using of a smart phone application known as ByLock, which is alleged to be a communication tool among followers of the Gülen group, and in 2012 stayed at a hotel where former Brig. Gen. Gökhan Şahin Sönmezateş, who was sentenced to four aggravated life sentences for allegedly plotting to kill Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, was also a guest at the same time.

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued detention warrants for 379 teachers who worked in schools owned by people close to the Gülen group in the first four months of 2018.

President Erdoğan also accuses the group movement of masterminding a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016.

The group denies any involvement.

(Turkish Minute)