Turkey detains 45 judges, prosecutors over links to 2016 coup attempt

Source: Xinhua| 2021-01-23 02:29:16|Editor: huaxia

ANKARA, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Turkish security forces on Friday arrested 45 people across Turkey after prosecutors issued arrest warrants for judges and prosecutors over their alleged links to a network believed to be behind a coup attempt in 2016, semi-official Anadolu Agency reported.

The Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office said that most of the suspects were linked to the leaking of the 2011 judicial exam questions to the group members of the "Gulen Movement" which the Turkish government accuses of infiltrating into the state bureaucracy and then attempting a coup on July 15, 2016.

Ankara says U.S.-based Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the coup attempt, in which 250 people were killed.

The Turkish government has launched a massive crackdown on suspects with links to the network in the aftermath of the coup attempt. Enditem