84 FETO-linked suspects arrested in Turkey

Suspects accused of having links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization

84 FETO-linked suspects arrested in Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

At least 84 people were arrested across Turkey on Thursday for suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind last year’s defeated coup, according to a security official.

In western Izmir province, 27 FETO suspects, including FETO leader Fetullah Gulen’s nephew Selcuk S., were held in simultaneous raids on several addresses. 

Among them are 16 suspects, for whom arrest warrants had been issued earlier. 

The suspects are accused of being members of an armed terrorist organization and using FETO’s encrypted smart phone messaging application, ByLock.

In central Sivas province, eight women who allegedly attended meetings with wives of dismissed FETO members, were arrested.

Separately, police arrested 45 FETO-linked suspects in eastern Malatya province.

Twenty-one of the suspects were active members of FETO while 21 others were being investigated by security forces.

In the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, four suspects, including a former police officer, were arrested after the Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for them.

They were accused of being members of a terrorist organization.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Aralık 2017, 16:43