Ar­rest war­rants out for more than 100 FETÖ in­fil­tra­tors in mil­i­tary

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

TURK­ISH pros­e­cu­tors is­sued ar­rest war­rants for 102 sus­pects Fri­day in sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tions against the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) in­fil­tra­tors in the Turk­ish Armed Forces (TSK).

The lat­est crack­down comes three years af­ter the said in­fil­tra­tors tried to seize power dur­ing the in­fa­mous July 15 coup bid that killed 251 peo­ple and in­jured thou­sands of oth­ers.

The Istanbul Chief Prose­cu­tor’s Of­fice sought the ar­rests of six ac­tive-duty of­fi­cers and 44 for­mer cadets, who were dis­missed from mil­i­tary schools on the sus­pi­cion of links to the ter­ror­ist group.

Se­cu­rity forces launched op­er­a­tions in 16 cities to cap­ture the sus­pects. The num­ber of sus­pects ar­rested was not avail­able when Daily Sabah went to print. The sus­pects, in­clud­ing a colonel, were iden­ti­fied through their con­tacts with non­mil­i­tary mem­bers of FETÖ via pay­phones. FETÖ is known for us­ing pay­phones to ar­range se­cret meet­ings be­tween its point men and mil­i­tary in­fil­tra­tors.

Since 2017, when this se­cre­tive tac­tic was dis­cov­ered by in­ves­ti­ga­tors, 835 mil­i­tary of­fi­cers have been ar­rested. They in­clude both who were ac­tively in­volved in the coup at­tempt and those who man­aged to hide their ties to the group af­ter the bid. Some 222 sol­diers iden­ti­fied in in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­main at large, while 362 oth­ers agreed to col­lab­o­rate with author­i­ties in in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Else­where, 30 sus­pects were de­tained af­ter pros­e­cu­tors in south­ern Tur­key’s Adana is­sued ar­rest war­rants for 52 sol­diers. Forty-two among the 52 were ac­tive-duty sol­diers. Op­er­a­tions are un­der­way to cap­ture the other sus­pects. Like those wanted by pros­e­cu­tors in Istanbul, the sus­pects were iden­ti­fied through their con­tact with FETÖ’s point men via pay­phones.

In the western city of İzmir, po­lice cap­tured a wanted sus­pect ac­cused of be­ing a se­nior fig­ure for FETÖ for the “greater Aegean re­gion” where İzmir is lo­cated.

Mu­rat Sivrikaya, the owner of a pop­u­lar fast food chain, was on the run since author­i­ties is­sued an ar­rest war­rant last year for him. He was also serv­ing as deputy chair of a busi­ness as­so­ci­a­tion closed for its ties to FETÖ be­fore he fled ar­rest ear­lier. Po­lice found a fake ID in his pos­ses­sion.

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