Turkish police search Istanbul courthouses, 173 face detention

August 15, 2016 10:43


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ISTANBUL - Turkish police raided offices at three Istanbul courthouses on Monday after detention warrants were issued for 173 judicial personnel as part of an investigation into last month's failed coup attempt, the private Dogan news agency reported on Monday.

Ankara has accused US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup and is seeking his extradition. Gulen denies the accusations and has condemned the coup.Police were searching the offices of personnel facing detention at the main Istanbul Palace of Justice in the Caglayan district and two other court houses on the European side of the city, Dogan said.

It said police took some of those detained away from Caglayan for questioning at a police station.

More than 35,000 people have been detained, of which 17,000 have been placed under formal arrest, since the July 15 putsch in which more than 240 people were killed, according to Turkish authorities.

In a crackdown since the abortive coup, more than 76,000 civil servants, judges and security force members have been suspended and nearly 5,000 dismissed, Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Saturday.

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