Turkey issues more arrest warrants for FETO suspects

Turkish prosecutors have issued arrest warrants for 32 people with suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, a judicial source said Monday.

Arrest warrants were issued for the suspects as part of a probe into the terror group’s clandestine network in the Turkish Land Forces, a statement by the prosecutors in the capital Ankara said.

The suspects were found to have communicated with “covert imams” — a senior FETO member — using pay phones, the statement read.

Some 17 of suspects were active-duty officers in the Turkish Armed Forces, it said, adding that administrative measures have been imposed for others.

The suspects also include two “covert imams” of FETO, it said.

In addition, Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for eight FETO-linked suspects in simultaneous operations held in the provinces of Agri, Istanbul, Bursa, Samsun, Malatya, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Bitlis and Mus.

Security forces arrested the suspects — including four prison wardens, a teacher and three civilians — accused of being members of the so-called terror group and using phone lines used by senior level members of FETO.

According to the Turkish regime, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey 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.