47,155 remanded in FETO probe since July 2016 coup bid

Among the remanded are 10,732 police officers, 7,463 soldiers and 168 generals, says interior minister

47,155 remanded in FETO probe since July 2016 coup bid

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey has remanded 47,155 suspects accused of having links to Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) since July 2016 coup attempt, the nation's interior minister said Sunday.

Speaking on a local television channel in northern Trabzon province, Suleyman Soylu said the nationwide FETO probe saw 113,260 arrests since the defeated coup.

According to the Turkish government, the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 2016, which left 249 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

"Among the remanded are 10,732 police officers, 7,643 soldiers, and 168 generals. 2,575 are judges and prosecutors. 26,177 are civilians, [and] 208 local administrators," Soylu said.

The minister said 863 other suspects remain at large.

Soylu revealed that 23,861 have been freed, while 41,499 others released under supervision.

Ankara has also said FETO is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

In wake of the putsch attempt, tens of thousands of FETO suspects have been arrested, including many in the armed forces, police, judicial system, education and business sectors.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Nisan 2017, 23:45