Turkish prosecutors have issued detention warrants for at least 53 public officials, including 5 high-ranking diplomats over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accused of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.

The group denies any involvement.

Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the Gulen group under the pretext of an anti-coup fight, as a result of which more than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others were jailed and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.

In July 2021, Turkey’s defense minister, Hulusi Akar, announced that a total of 23,364 members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) have been expelled from the service since July 15, 2016 over alleged links to the Gulen group.