Turkish president addresses event marking 174th anniversary of foundation of Turkish Police Force
Turkey’s president on Wednesday said over 20,000 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) members have been convicted of various crimes, and 10,000 others have been remanded in custody.
“Now, there are 30,559 FETO members in jail, including 20,226 convicted, and 10,333 remanded,” Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an event in the capital Ankara marking the 174th anniversary of the Turkish Police Force.
Stating that the fight against the FETO terror group continues, Erdogan also said over 31,000 personnel have been dismissed from law enforcement.
“The number dismissed from the army is over 15,000, while over 4,000 were also dismissed from the judiciary,” he added.
FETO and its U.S- based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.