Turkish authorities detain 29 bank regulatory inspectors

August 19, 2016 10:53


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ISTANBUL  - Turkish authorities detained 29 inspectors on Friday from the BDDK banking watchdog for "irregular inspections," broadcaster CNN Turk reported, in what appeared to be the latest round-up related to the failed July 15 coup.

Turkey has so far detained around 40,000 people in its investigation following the coup bid, which it blames on followers of US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has denied the charge. Around half of those detained have been formally arrested.

The investigation has also lead to a sweeping purge of the military, civil service, police, and judiciary, with nearly 80,000 removed from public duty in post-coup purges

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