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12 Feb, 2019 07:41

Ankara orders 1,112 arrests over links to US-based cleric Gulen – report

Turkey ordered the arrest of 1,112 people over suspected links to the network of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused of orchestrating an attempted coup in 2016, CNN Turk said on Tuesday. The operation was among the biggest that have been launched against alleged supporters of Gulen since the failed putsch. Gulen, a former ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has denied involvement in the coup attempt. The operation was centered on the capital, Ankara, but was spread across 76 provinces, according to the report. More than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial since the coup attempt and widespread arrests are still routine, Reuters said. Authorities have also suspended or sacked 150,000 civil servants and military personnel.