Turkey’s prosecutor ordered the arrests of another 295 armed forces personnel, accused of belonging to the network of the self-exiled Islamic iImamFethullah Gullen, who Ankara accuses of being the mastermind behind the attempted coup d’état that took place 15 to 16 July 2016.
Among these officers, there are at least 21 senior officers. About half of them serve in the ranks of the army and the rest in the navy and air force, according to an announcement from the prosecutor’s office.
It has not been clarified how many of the soldiers have been arrested so far. A
More than 77,000 people have been jailed pending trial, and mass arrests continue to be frequent even today. The authorities have put 150,000 members of the public administration and military staff in reserve, dismissed or demoted.
Turkey’s allies’ governments in the West have criticized the successive waves of arrests and cleansing. Erdogan critics blame him for using the failed military coup as a pretext to crush any clash. The Turkish authorities object that the measures they take are necessary to protect national security.