Turkey is­sues war­rants for ex-agents for links to cleric

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY’S state-run news agency says au­thor­i­ties have is­sued de­ten­tion war­rants for 63 peo­ple, mostly ex-in­tel­li­gence agency work­ers, for al­leged ties to the U.S.-based Mus­lim cleric ac­cused of mas­ter­mind­ing last year’s failed coup at­tempt.

Anadolu Agency re­ported that war­rants were is­sued Tues­day for 45 for­mer em­ploy­ees of the Na­tional In­tel­li­gence Agency, MIT, and 18 oth­ers sus­pected of be­ing op­er­a­tives of the cleric, Fethul­lah Gulen. Anadolu said that nine of the sus­pects have been de­tained in the cap­i­tal, Ankara.

Turkey has launched a largescale crack­down against Gulen’s move­ment af­ter the July 2016 coup at­tempt, dis­miss­ing more than 110,000 peo­ple from govern­ment jobs and ar­rest­ing more than 50,000 peo­ple for al­leged links to ter­ror groups.

Gulen de­nies in­volve­ment in the coup at­tempt.

Photo: AP

Turk­ish army sol­diers stand guard out­side a court where a trial of jour­nal­ists and staff from the Cumhuriyet news­pa­per.

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