Turkey detains dozens of former stock exchange staff over Gulen links

May 12, 2017 08:48
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ISTANBUL - Turkish police detained 53 former employees of the Istanbul stock exchange on Friday over alleged links to the US-based cleric accused of orchestrating last July's attempted coup, Haberturk newspaper reported.

Prosecutors have ordered the detention of 102 people as part of the investigation, the paper said on its website. Ankara has blamed the network of the cleric Fethullah Gulen for the failed coup. Gulen has denied involvement.

Dawn raids were launched on 70 addresses, targeting suspects who were removed from their posts at Borsa Istanbul in the wake of the attempted putsch on July 15, 2016, Haberturk said.

Some 49,000 people have been formally arrested in relation to the failed coup, out of 150,000 people investigated. About 145,000 civil servants, security personnel and academics have also been suspended or sacked as part of a related purge.

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