Turkish police detained 35 lawyers who defend suspects who are accused of Gülen links in several ongoing trials on Thursday morning.

Arrest warrants were issued for a total of 80 lawyers as 35 of them were detained in house raids across Turkey.

Arrest warrants target lawyers including those who defend the editor-in-chief of shut down TV channel Samanyolu, imprisoned journalist Hidayet Karaca, exiled businessman Akın İpek, the former executive of Bank Asya and some jailed police officers.

Turkey has been undertaking a massive crackdown against real and perceived sympathizers of the Gülen movement that gained momentum particularly after the failed coup of July 15.

(Turkish Minute)