Turkish authorities issued detention warrants for 79 former school employees on Wednesday over links to last year's failed coup attempt on July 15. A total of 30 suspects were detained by the authorities.
They were suspected of using ByLock, an encrypted messaging app which was used by the network of Fethullah Gülen, who orchestrated Turkey's July 15 coup attempt.
The suspects worked at private schools and tutor schools, many of which used to be run by Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members. The schools were closed according to the statutory decree published in the Official Gazette as part of a FETÖ probe.
Arrest warrants out for ex-intel staff in FETÖ probe
Arrest warrants were issued in Ankara for over 60 suspects on Tuesday including former intelligence staff members as part of ongoing investigations into the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ).According to a judicial source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, the police raided addresses in 21 provinces to nab a total of 63 suspects including 45 former employees of the National Intelligence Organization (MIT).Nine suspects have been detained so far during the operations, the source said.A total of 87 people were dismissed from MIT last year over alleged links to FETO.FETÖ and its U.S.-based ringleader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.FETÖ is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.Since the defeated coup, operations have been ongoing in the military, police, and judiciary, as well as in state institutions across the country, to arrest suspects with alleged links to FETÖ.
FETÖ terrorists are led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen, who orchestrated Turkey's July 15 coup attempt and is the mastermind behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
Since the failed coup, operations have been ongoing in the military, police and judiciary as well as in state institutions across the country to arrest suspects with alleged links to FETÖ.
The terrorist group is also known for its network comprised of hundreds of schools around the world.
Germany becomes magnet for FETÖ suspects
A total of 615 Turkish citizens with diplomatic or service passports have applied for asylum in Germany since the foiled coup attempt in Turkey last year, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere has said.“Through the end of this August, 250 individuals with diplomatic passports and 365 individuals with service passports have submitted asylum applications,” de Maiziere said in an interview with German daily Rhein Zeitung on Monday.“These numbers also include family members of the diplomats and service passport holders. That is a sizeable but not an extremely high number,” he added.De Maiziere gave no details about the professions of these asylum-seekers, but government officials told local media earlier that ex-soldiers and former diplomats were among them and that most were accused by the Turkish authorities of having ties with those behind the coup.The attempted July 2016 military takeover, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured, was orchestrated by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen.After the foiled coup, several Turkish military officers stationed at NATO bases in Germany disobeyed orders from Ankara to return home.Several ex-soldiers and former officials with suspected FETÖ ties also came to Germany from neighboring countries or Turkey, and applied for asylum.Despite repeated requests by Ankara to return FETÖ suspects to Turkey for trial, the German authorities have so far turned down such requests, arguing that Ankara must first provide sound legal evidence.De Maiziere said on Monday that each asylum application is evaluated by the German authorities on its own merits, based on the rule of law and applicable legislation.Strained tiesTies between Turkey and Germany have been strained since last year, as Turkish leaders slammed Germany for not showing strong solidarity with Ankara against the July 15 coup attempt, and for turning a blind eye to the continued activities of FETÖ in the country.Germany, which is home to three million Turkish immigrants, is among the countries where FETÖ has managed to organize a large network, including dozens of businesses, private schools, as well as media organizations.Since last year’s coup attempt, nearly 4,000 suspected FETÖ members have come to Germany, according to group members’ statements on local media.The group, which is also known as Gulenists in the country, claims to have around 70,000 followers on German soil.Ankara also accuses FETÖ of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.Despite widespread suspicions, German authorities had been reluctant so far to curb the activities of Gulenists in the country, and underlined that they would only act if they get concrete evidence suggesting that these institutions are carrying out activities that violate the country’s Constitution and laws.Gulenists in Germany have taken care not to attract public criticism and have particularly focused on interfaith dialogue programs, giving moderate messages to win the trust of the media, influential churches, and political institutions.
Gülen ordered Erdoğan’s hands be tied behind his back during the coup attempt
The orders that the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) ringleader U.S.-based Fetullah Gülen issued in a meeting before Turkey’s July 15 coup have started to emerge.According to Turkish news publication Aydınlık, Gülen demanded President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan be captured alive in instructions given to the imam of Turkey. FETÖ refers to its cell leaders as “imams.”Gülen, who instructed that Erdoğan should be handcuffed from behind upon being captured, requested that a kneeling photograph of Erdoğan be taken. Gülen also ordered that once Erdoğan was caught, he would speak with him and that conversation would be recorded.6 FETÖ suspects detained at Turkish-Greek borderCOMPARED TO SADDAMFETÖ ringleader Gülen's instructions regarding Erdoğan resemble the CIA's "disloyalty" tactics. Security sources likened Gülen’s orders to the photographs that U.S. troops in Iraq used to announce to the world the capture of Saddam Hussein.Gülen planned to use the same tactic, used by the U.S. to showcase Saddam, on Erdoğan, security sources said.US BACKS COUP ATTEMPTThe sources added that had the coup succeeded, Gülen planned to return to Turkey and that the scheme was organized in conjunction with the CIA. The plan was for Gülen to return to Istanbul and be greeted with a welcoming ceremony attended by millions.Erdoğan: Turkey and Kazakhstan fight terror togetherSecurity sources said putschists went to great lengths to make the coup appear to be within the “chain of command,” but that due to the resistance of the Turkish Armed Forces (TAF), that pretense was not portrayed.In exchange for all requests to be fulfilled, the U.S. backed the coup attempt. A channel of the U.S. administration that was backing the coup withdrew its support when the notion that the coup attempt was supported by the chain of command could not be executed and the attempt seemed unsuccessful.The scheduling of the coup attempt was then pulled to an earlier time and this resulted in chaos amongst the putschists, a security source said.FETÖ laundered $243 million through US charter schools'Third of Turkish judicial staff linked to FETÖ'Gülen pushes FETÖ members on anti-Turkey campaigns
6 FETÖ suspects detained at Turkish-Greek border
A married Turkish couple suspected of belonging to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) was apprehended trying to cross into Greece from northwestern Turkey on Monday.According to a military source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on talking with the media, Turkish border guards intercepted six people -- including two children -- in the Edirne province's border village of Doyran.The source said the suspects spoke Arabic and identified themselves as Syrians, but later, nearby, soldiers found a marriage certificate belonging to two of the suspects, who were in fact Turkish.The certificate belonged to the arrested couple, both of whom were dismissed from their jobs after last year's defeated coup in Turkey. They had been accused of using FETÖ’s ByLock mobile messaging app and were banned from international travel.One of the suspects was a technician at Dicle University in the southeastern Diyarbakır province and his wife was a former police officer, the source added.Separately, Turkish security forces detained a FETÖ suspect university student during a regular police road check in the central Kirikkale province, a security source said on condition of anonymity.The source also said that Kayseri prosecutors had issued an arrest warrant for the suspect, identified only as M.I.A., on charges of being a FETÖ member.FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.FETÖ is also behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.