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Turkey issues arrest warrants for 85 ministry staff in post-coup probe

Iran Press TV

Tue May 16, 2017 8:25AM

Prosecutors in Turkey have issued arrest warrants for 85 staff at two ministries as part of a probe targeting the network of US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen whom Ankara accuses of masterminding the July 2016 failed coup.

Broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday that the detainees are staff at the energy and education ministries. No further details were immediately available.

The news comes a day after a court jailed the online editor of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet pending trial on a charge of spreading terrorist propaganda, the daily said.

Editor Oguz Guven joined a score of Cumhuriyet journalists already in jail facing sentences of up to 43 years in prison over alleged ties to Gulen.

Turkish officials say over 240 people were killed and more than 2,100 others injured in the failed coup, which was swiftly put down as tens of thousands of people flooded the streets across Turkey to support the government.

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