Turkey seeks to detain 271 military for alleged coup ties

  • Turkey seeks to detain 271 military for alleged coup ties

Turkey seeks to detain 271 military for alleged coup ties

Turkish police on Friday launched nationwide raids to detain almost 350 people, including soldiers, accused of links to the group blamed for the July 2016 failed coup, state media reported.

The list, which was reviewed during a cabinet meeting convened by Erdogan last month, included almost 9,000 police officers, over 6,000 military personnel, and about 1,000 employees from the justice ministry.

Moreover, 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the Ministry of Justice.

Under the newly introduced system, president, who leads the state's executive branch, will be able to appoint vice presidents, ministers, high-level officials and senior judges, as well as dissolve parliament, issue executive decrees and impose a state of emergency.

The Turkish government blamed groups linked to exiled preacher Fethullah Gulen for the failed coup attempt.

The government refers to the movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organization".

The extraordinary state of emergency is expected to be lifted on Monday, after the swearing of Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was re-elected on June 24 for a new term.

Gulen himself, who has been residing in the United States since 1999, has refuted all the allegations on numerous occasions.

Twelve non-governmental organizations, three newspapers and one television station were also shuttered through the 461-page ruling.

Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have lambasted the purges as arbitrary but Turkey says they are necessary to remove the Gulen movement's infiltration of state bodies.

The authorities also fired 199 academics, according to the new decree, while 148 state employees from the military and ministries were reinstated.

The detentions show no sign of slowing after hundreds of people, including soldiers, were taken into custody last week over alleged Gulen links.

Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey in an unprecedented crackdown since the failed coup.