The Turkish National Police Academy has published a new report that offers a comprehensive road map to fight against the members of the Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt last year.
According to pro-Erdoğan daily Sabah, prosecutors, judges, police academy academics, financiers and undersecretaries were recommended methods, including the “German model,” to identify secret members of the group.
“The most important issue regarding the execution of the legal actions is the identification of the Gülen members. Germany, for example, made an amendment in legislation when it began to experience difficulties in identifying separatist suspects and prepared the Social Examination Report,” the report said, according to the daily.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.
The group denies any involvement.
Turkish Interior Minister Süleyman Soylu on Nov. 16 said 48,739 people had been jailed and eight holdings and 1,020 companies seized as part of operations against the group.
Soylu also said 215,092 people had been listed as using a smart phone application known as ByLock and that 23,171 have been detained over use of the application so far.
Turkish authorities believe that ByLock is a communication tool among followers of the Gülen group.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.
Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15 through government decrees issued as part of the state of emergency.