A Manisa court ruled on arrests of 5 pregnant women who were detained over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
A total of 62 people were detained in nine provinces across Turkey, as part of a Manisa-based investigation into the movement on Oct. 29. Among them, seven pregnant women were referred to the court on Nov. 2.
While the court arrested 5 women identified only by initials E.A., H.B., H.E., E.Y.K. and Y.Ö., the remaining two were released pending trial.
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 105,000 people have been purged from state bodies, nearly 75,000 detained and some 35,000 arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees included journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were arranged prior to the coup attempt