ISTANBUL – Turkish security forces on Friday launched counter-terror operations to arrest 140 alleged members of the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), security sources said.
The suspects were accused of using the ByLock smartphone messaging app, an encrypted software used by FETO members before and during a deadly coup attempt last year, said the sources on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
The app is believed to have been cracked by Turkish security agencies, allowing them to identify tens of thousands of FETO supporters.
Anadolu Chief Public Prosecutor’s office in Istanbul issued an arrest warrant for 102 suspects under an investigation against the FETO-led Kaynak Holding.
Following the warrant, the security forces launched an operation in 24 provinces and have detained many suspects so far, said the sources.
Another arrest warrant was issued by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office on Friday against 38 employees of FETO-linked schools and coaching centers, which were closed by government decrees following the defeated coup.
Ankara police also launched an operation in seven provinces and arrested some of the suspects.
Operations are still underway to arrest the remaining suspects, according to the sources.
Meanwhile, the Ankara Public Prosecutor’s office sent a summary of proceedings to the Supreme Court of Appeals against five former members of the Council of Judges and Prosecutors.
The prosecutor requested the court to open trial against alleged senior FETO members: Kerim Tosun, Mustafa Kemal Ozcelik, Saban Isik, Mahmut Sen and Ahmet Berberoglu.
Up to 22 years and six months of jail terms were also demanded for the suspects.
FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara 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.
Landslides, monsoon flooding kill over 100 in western India
Health Canada recalls 2 more hand sanitizers
More Afghan nationals who helped Canadian military expected to be resettled ‘very shortly’
Las Vegas man arrested after allegedly threatening to rape, murder woman in doorbell cam video
Iowa man with guns at Chicago hotel ‘didn’t mean to startle’
Entertainment7 days ago
Biz Markie, ‘Clown Prince of Hip-Hop’ known for ‘Just a Friend,’ dies at 57
Australia & NZ7 days ago
TikTok comedian who correctly guesses Covid numbers claims the NSW Health Department has told him to stop because he’s ‘compromising’ the system
Australia & NZ7 days ago
Sydney imposes more COVID-19 restrictions after lockdown fails to curb cases
North America6 days ago
Blue Jays set to host 15,000 fans in return to Toronto: Shapiro
Other6 days ago
Climate Change to Bring More Intense Storms Across Europe
food6 days ago
The best pizza city in the USA revealed
Health6 days ago
UAE reports 97 pct recovery in COVID-19 Sotrovimab clinical trial
Entertainment6 days ago
Britney: I won’t perform while father rules career