In the three years since its vicious attempt to seize power via a coup, the Gülenist Terrorist Group (FETÖ) was faced with a host of new investigations on Friday, prosecutors in the capital Ankara issuing warrants for the arrest of 166 suspects in two cases regarding group's infiltration into the public sector and the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK).
The Chief Prosecutor's Office sought the arrest of 53 suspected FETÖ members, all former members of the TSK who were earlier expelled from the army for their suspected links to the terrorist group. Thirty suspects, all noncommissioned officers, were arrested in operations in 27 provinces, while a manhunt was underway to capture the remaining suspects, identified through their contact with fellow FETÖ members over payphones, a common tactic employed by the terrorist group to avoid detection. In the past two years, nearly 10,000 suspects have been arrested in multiple investigations, which have brought to light the terrorist group's infiltrators in the military, law enforcement and other institutions, organized largely though payphone use. Confessions by former FETÖ members and surveillance operations targeting payphones have led police to identify many of the suspects. Since March 2017, when the first operations against payphone use by members of the group were launched, security forces have been conducting almost daily raids across the country to bring the culprits to justice.
Most of the suspects are military officers and civilians helping assist the group's infiltration of the military. Some among the detained invoked the law of amnesty, allowing terror suspects to secure more lenient sentences if they collaborate with authorities and provide credible information leading to the capture of other terrorist group members.
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