Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office has issued detention warrants for 105 personnel at various companies and institutions, with 52 of them being detained over links to Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Islamic preacher who is widely believed to have masterminded the attempted coup in Turkey on July 15, 2016. coup attempt.
Police launched an Istanbul-based operation at the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK), leading communication company Turk Telekom, Turkish Airlines (THY), defence company HAVELSAN, and tech company Surat Bilisim on charges of “being a member of an armed terrorist organisation” in eight provinces across Turkey.
Most of those on the list were users of ByLock, an encrypted messaging application used almost exclusively by Gulen supporters, according to a statement by the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office.
A total of 52 of those for whom there were detention warrants were detained, while search operations for 53 others were ongoing, state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Meanwhile, 40 detention warrants were issued for academics and administrative personnel of the now closed Turgut Ozal University for allegedly having links to Gulen as part of an investigation conducted by the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office, the agency reported. Suspects on the list were also reportedly users of ByLock.