Navigation
Suscribe
Menu Search Facebook Twitter
Search Close
Menu ALL SECTIONS
  • Capital Coahuila
  • Capital Hidalgo
  • Capital Jalisco
  • Capital Morelos
  • Capital Oaxaca
  • Capital Puebla
  • Capital Quintana Roo
  • Capital Querétaro
  • Capital Veracruz
  • Capital México
  • Capital Michoacán
  • Capital Mujer
  • Reporte Índigo
  • Estadio Deportes
  • The News
  • Efekto
  • Diario DF
  • Capital Edo. de Méx.
  • Green TV
  • Revista Cambio
Radio Capital
Pirata FM
Capital Máxima
Capital FM
Digital
Prensa
Radio
TV
X
Newsletter
Facebook Twitter
X Welcome! Subscribe to our newsletter and receive news, data, statistical and exclusive promotions for subscribers
World

Istanbul Police Detain 136 Courthouse Staff in Coup Probe

The government has launched a massive crackdown on alleged supporters of the Gülen movement

Vehicles pass the Valens Aqueduct with a banner reading ''We are the nation, we won't let Turkey fall to coups and terrorism'' in Istanbul, photo: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis
1 year ago

Police teams on Monday apprehended 136 personnel in operations conducted at three Istanbul courthouses as part of an investigation into the July 15 abortive coup.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency said the Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office had issued detention orders for 173 personnel working at Istanbul’s Caglayan, Bakirkoy and Gaziosmanpasa courthouses. Of those, 136 were detained in Monday’s raids.

The operations are part of the government’s investigation into the movement led by U.S.-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen. Ankara alleges Gülen was responsible for the violent coup attempt that left over 270 people dead. Gülen denies any involvement.

Police entered the courthouses Monday morning to detain the suspects and conduct searches of their offices and computers, while other teams were searching their homes.

Four courthouse personnel were detained last week as part of the same investigation.

Detention orders commanded by the Istanbul chief public prosecutor’s office were later issued for 17 more personnel at Istanbul’s Buyukcekmece Courthouse, Anadolu reported Monday evening.

The government has launched a massive crackdown on alleged supporters of the Gülen movement, raising concerns among Western allies and human rights groups. More than 35,000 people have been detained for questioning while tens of thousands of others have been dismissed from government jobs, including in the judiciary, media, education, health care, military and local government.

Following a cabinet meeting in Ankara Monday afternoon, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus announced a set of new government decrees targeting suspected Gülen supporters who have been dismissed from government jobs, including stripping some of them of their titles.

A woman passes a picture of the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim for the 15th anniversary of AKP party as the sign reads ''The people's voice, Turkey's party, it's now fifteen years old'' in Istanbul. Photo: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

A woman passes a picture of the Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim for the 15th anniversary of AKP party as the sign reads ”The people’s voice, Turkey’s party, it’s now fifteen years old” in Istanbul. Photo: AP/Thanassis Stavrakis

“A list compiled from various departments including the foreign ministry, coast guard, national police and Turkish armed forces will be published in today’s governmental decree and those Gülen members named in the list will lose their qualification as public servants,” said Kurtulmus, adding those named will also lose the right to use their professional titles.

Authorities are currently investigating whether members affiliated with the Gülen movement stole the answers to the 2010 Public Service Placement Exam and distributed them to fellow members. Kurtulmus said that those who are determined by authorities to have used the stolen answers to become public servants will also be dismissed.

One public prosecutor who had been dismissed following the coup was apprehended by security forces in southeast Turkey as he allegedly tried to illegally sneak into Syria.

Ekrem Beyaztas, a public prosecutor in the eastern province of Erzurum who was the subject of a detention order, was caught Sunday night along the Syrian border in the southeastern province of Kilis, according to a statement released by the local governor’s office and confirmed by a Turkish official.

Comments Whatsapp Twitter Facebook Share
More From The News
Latest News

Democrat Jones wins stunning red-state A ...

4 days ago
Business

Asian stocks mixed ahead of Fed rate ann ...

4 days ago
Entertainment

NFL Network suspends analysts over sexua ...

4 days ago
Business

Minnesota announces restrictions on usin ...

4 days ago
Most Popular

Energy Secretariat Grants Permissions to ...

By The Associated Press
Business

White House Steps Up Aid for Financially ...

By The Associated Press
Business

Trump Faces Obstacles in Bid to Shake Up ...

By The Associated Press
Business

Brazil's Agnelli, Who Turned Vale Into T ...

By Reuters
Business

Online Lodging Service Airbnb Opens Cuba ...

By The Associated Press
Business