26 more active duty soldiers detained in Gülen movement investigation

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Twenty six active duty soldiers have been detained in Kocaeli as part of an investigation into the faith-based Gülen movement.

The military members were taken into custody upon the issuance of warrants by the Körfez Public Prosecutor’s Office, although details of the accusations were not made public.

Yesterday, 19 members from the Naval Forces Command were detained upon the issuance of warrants for 31 active duty and three retired military members by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.

On May 14, 72 soldiers from the Turkish Land Forces were also taken into custody on accusations of secretly communicating by pay phone.

Defense Minister Nurettin Canikli stated on April 18 that the government has identified 3,000 active duty military officers of varying ranks suspected of alleged links to the Gülen movement and that they would be dismissed with a government decree, which has not yet been issued.

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