Top Prime Ministry Adviser and former Justice Ministry Undersecretary Birol Erdem and his wife Gülümser Erdem have been detained over suspected links to the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ), reports said Saturday.
According to Sabah daily, the bureaucrat was detained after Ankara Public Prosecutor issued a detention warrant for being a member of FETÖ, which is accused of carrying out a bloody coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
It was reported that many FETÖ confessors probed under the coup investigation told authorities that Birol Erdem played a significant role in expanding FETÖ's infiltration in the judiciary.
The couple was detained in the early hours of Saturday, Sabah reported.
Erdem had previously worked as an administrative procedures judge and became a justice ministry undersecretary in 2011. He was dismissed after the Dec. 17-25 Operation in 2013, and became an adviser to the prime minister on Jan. 2014.
FETÖ openly started a campaign to seize power in Turkey in 2013 when police chiefs and prosecutors linked to the group carried out two attempts to topple the government by implicating ministers in investigations based on forged evidence.
Recent investigations have revealed that law enforcement was one of the most widely infiltrated agencies by FETÖ with even some police chiefs volunteering to plot criminal cases - with the aid of prosecutors linked to the group - against critics of Gülen.
FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gülen are accused of orchestrating the defeated July 2016 coup in Turkey, which left 249 people killed and nearly 2,200 injured.
Following the coup bid, Turkey introduced a state of emergency which dismissed or suspended tens of thousands of FETÖ-linked public servants from their jobs.
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