“If I do not launch this investigation, they will call me pro-FETÖ. If I do so, one day jurists will call me coward,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Eren Erdem tweeted in reference to a recent talk with a prosecutor, on Tuesday.

Erdem said the prosecutor is still in charge.

FETÖ is a derogatory term coined by Turkish government to describe the Gülen movement as a terrorist network without a court ruling to this effect.

Turkey detained nearly 75,000 people and arrested some 35,000 over their alleged links to the movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt. Among the prisoners are prosecutors, judges, lawyers, academics, teachers and journalists.

Critics often criticize the government for wielding the post-coup emergency rule to eradicate any dissenting voice from within state institutions and even from public.