A total of 16 people were taken into custody as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt, media reported Friday.
Detention warrants were issued for 18 people who are alleged to have ties with Antalya-based entrepreneurs’ associations that had been earlier closed under post-coup emergency rule. Police carried out operations at 19 different locations and rounded up 16 of the suspects.
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.
The movement denies any involvement.