Turkish police move to arrest three retired generals for alleged Gülen links


Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for three former military generals and an imam for alleged links to the banned Islamic movement of Fethullah Gülen.

Police officers working for an anti-terrorism unit in Ankara detained three out of the four suspects following an investigation by the National Intelligence Organization (MIT), the state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Wednesday.

Turkey says that Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, and his followers carried out a failed military coup in July 2016. Tens of thousands of civil servants and military personnel have been expelled and/or arrested over links to the group since the attempted putsch.

The suspects contacted senior Gülen group members over the public telephone network, Anadolu said, citing a statement by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office.

Gülen denies involvement in the coup. The United States has yet to approve a request by the Turkish government to extradite him to face trial.



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