Turkey Detains More Journalists in A Probe Into Backers of Fethullah Gülen
Detention warrants have been issued for a total of 35 people, including journalists, as a part of the probe into the media leg of the July 15 failed coup attempt in Turkey. The Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office released the detention warrants and nine journalists were detained in three different provinces.
35 Jpeople in a probe into backers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Turkey says masterminded the putsch.
Gülen has denied involvement and condemned the rebellion on July 15, during which a group of soldiers commandeered tanks and jets to attack government buildings but were stopped by a groundswell of opposition from civilians and loyalist forces.
In a crackdown on suspected Gulen followers since the coup attempt, the authorities have detained more than 40,000 people and formally arrested about half of them. Some 80,000 people in the judiciary, police, civil service and elsewhere have been sacked or suspended.
President Tayyip Erdogan has demanded Gülen’s swift extradition, saying he was the mastermind of the attempted coup by rogue soldiers that killed 241 people, mainly loyalist members of the security forces and civilians. An estimated 100 coup plotters were also called. U.S. lawyers say any extradition process could take years.