Police Detain 46, Including High-Ranking Officials, In Parallel State Operation
The targeted a purported illegal organization that Erdoğan and the government describe as the “Fetullahist Terrorist Organization.”
Detention warrants have been issued for a total of 57 people, including Gülen.
The operation in İzmir came as part of an investigation launched by the İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
The move came less than a week after the Istanbul police used force on Oct. 28 to enter the headquarters and seize control of media outlets owned by the Koza İpek Group. Police dramatically broke into the main broadcasting room and shut down the group’s two TV stations upon a court ruling, which placed the media group’s management under a trustee panel during the ongoing judicial probe into Koza İpek’s purported ties to Gülen.
Gülen has long been accused by Erdoğan and Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials of forming a “parallel structure” in the police and other state organizations aiming to topple the government