Turkey orders the arrest of 82 soldiers for alleged coup | The World | DW

The Izmir Prosecutor’s Office ordered this Tuesday (12/01/2020) the arrest of 82 soldiers on suspicion of belonging to the brotherhood of the exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom the Turkish government accuses of having instigated the attempted coup in 2016.

At least 63 suspects have already been detained in an operation that spans 39 of the country’s 81 provinces, state news agency Anadolu said.

Seventy suspects are active officers, while the rest were retired or had been expelled by decree.

On the other hand, a court in Izmir on Tuesday ordered the dismissal of 848 members of the Air Forces to be investigated for alleged links with the Gülen network, including high-ranking officers.

Last Thursday a court in Ankara sentenced 333 soldiers and four civilians to life imprisonment for their participation in the coup.

Since the attempted coup, some 80,000 people have been awaiting trial and some 150,000 civil servants, military personnel and others have been fired or suspended. Furthermore, more than 20,000 people have been expelled from the Turkish army alone.

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Life sentences in the largest coup trial of 2016 in Turkey | The World | DW

In the trial, which began in August 2017, there are a total of 475 defendants, including 25 generals and high-ranking members of the Islamist brotherhood of preacher Fethullah Gülen, exiled in the United States, and whom Ankara accuses of the coup.

The trial, the largest of all that has been opened against participants in the coup, brings together the military and civilians present the night of the coup at the Akinci air base, near Ankara, from where the fighters that bombed the city took off.

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Turkey sentences 27 to life imprisonment for 2016 coup

A Turkish court has sentenced 27 people to life in prison for the failed 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

All were found guilty of “an attempt to overthrow the constitutional order”, “attempted assassination of the president” and “voluntary homicides”, according to what the French news agency reported on Thursday. AFP.

The majority of those convicted is made up of the pilots, who bombed emblematic sites in Ankara, the capital, such as Parliament, and the officers who led the attempt from the Akinci military base. Four civilians, including businessman Kemal Batmaz, were also sentenced to 79 aggravated life sentences.

In total, 475 people were tried in this trial, considered the most important, on the failed coup from July 15 to 16, 2016.

Erdogan accuses the preacher Fethulá Gülen of having plotted the coup, but he – a former ally of the Turkish president who resides in the United States – denies any involvement.

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Turkey detains 50 soldiers on charges of coup

The Turkish police detained this Tuesday 41 soldiers and five police officers accused of alleged links with the brotherhood of the Islamist cleric Fethullah Gülen, to whom Ankara attributes the failed coup of 2016, while still looking for 30 more people.

These are several different operations, the first launched this morning in Ankara, where the Prosecutor’s Office has issued an arrest warrant against 34 soldiers suspected of having had telephone conversations with links to the Gülenista brotherhood.

In another operation, the search and capture of seven policemen for the same reason, while the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office issued a similar order against 31 other soldiers.

The 11 judges accused of ties to Gülen are brought to justice

Have also two of the 11 judges were brought to justice who were removed from their positions last Monday, under the same accusation of links with the Gulen brotherhood.

Since 2016, more than 120,000 state officials, including 30,000 police officers, have been dismissed and some 50,000 are in prison, accused of sympathizing with the brotherhood.

Gülen, exiled in the United States for two decades, was until 2013 a close ally of the current Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and his party, Justice and Development (AKP), so that for years his followers held positions in the Administration and in the Army.

The preacher emphatically denies being involved in the 2016 military coup attempt, which was crushed by forces loyal to Erdogan in a single day.