35 arrested in operations against FETÖ across Turkey

Security forces on Tuesday arrested 35 suspects in separate operations across the country against the Gülenist terror group (FETÖ). The operations targeted covert members of the terror group, including those who had infiltrated the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).

In the western province of Balıkesir, prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 31 suspects linked to the terrorist group and so far 29 of them have been arrested during operations in the province, as well as in Adana , Adıyaman, the capital Ankara, Çanakkale, Istanbul, Izmir, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kırıkkale, Muğla, Muş, Sakarya, Samsun, Siirt and Van. Among those wanted were people who worked or worked in the public sector, including teachers, doctors and nurses and a non-commissioned officer.

Another operation based in the capital Ankara has called for the arrest of eight suspects, and six have been detained so far in operations in the capital and four other cities. The suspects were alleged members of FETÖ’s secret network within the army’s gendarmerie forces. Two of them were non-commissioned officers expelled from the army on suspicion of belonging to FETÖ, while others were former cadets. They were identified through the testimonies of members of the terrorist group who were arrested in previous operations and their contact with the group’s managers via public telephones, a common method of communication for the secret FETÖ network.

In the same vein, the College of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) announced on Tuesday that 15 judges and prosecutors accused of belonging to the terrorist group have been permanently removed from their posts. They had previously been suspended from duty pending investigations.

After the terrorist group attempted to seize power on July 15, 2016, with its military infiltrators, Turkey intensified counterterrorism operations against the group. Thousands of people affiliated with FETÖ have been detained or arrested, while hundreds have been convicted and sentenced in trials over the attempted coup.

The terror group, which presented itself as a charitable movement with religious overtones, sought public support for decades, recruiting young people into its ranks while operating an international network of schools and charities. He is accused of being involved in a number of schemes aimed at extending his infiltration into the public sector and the army.

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