A sex tape saga that affected Turkey's opposition parties several years back has returned to the headlines, as detention orders were issued Tuesday for 120 people in connection with the video.

The sex tape engulfed the centre-left People's Republican Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) on the right and has been linked to the same movement of an Islamic cleric that the government blames for the failed coup attempt on July 15.

So far, authorities detained 34 members of the police force and two others in what is known as the "cassette" case, CNN Turk reported.

Deniz Baykal, who was the leader of the CHP, was forced to resign as party chair in 2010 over a video leaked online which showed him having sex with a female party member. MHP politicians had similar problems in 2011.

The government and both of these opposition parties blame Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric living in the United States, for the July 15 failed putsch.

They also blame his followers for a series of wiretappings and leaks which have wreaked havoc on the Turkish political scene for years, including the sex tapes targeting the opposition and, three years later, leaks purporting to show corruption in government circles.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Gulen were longtime allies and government critics blame the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for letting Gulen's followers infiltrate the state structures over the years.

At the time, some members of the opposition accused the AKP of being behind or at least complacent in the sex tapes leak.

Gulen, who Erdogan formally disavowed after the corruption leaks, denies allegations of being behind the coup plot.

Turkish Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said the government would file a second round of documents to the US, as Ankara hopes to get Gulen extradited.

The US has offered assistance and says it would weigh the merit of an actual extradition request, but officials insist there must be proof of Gulen's ties to the plot.

Turkey has been trying to turn up the heat abroad, pressing foreign countries - from Afghanistan to African nations and Germany - to extradite alleged Gulenists and shut down the Islamic movement's schools.

"We are expecting support from rest of the world," Speaker of Parliament Ismail Kahraman told reporters in Ankara.

Turkey has only had moderate success abroad in recent years in its war against the global Gulen movement.

Turkey's state run Anadolu news agency reported last week that three schools and a hospital affiliated with the group in Somalia would now be run operated by the embassy.

The count of government employees suspended since July 15 is more than 58,600 with another 3,500 already permanently expelled, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yidirim told Anadolu. He said most of those already sacked were military personnel, and all Gulenists.

Since the failed putsch, Turkey has arrested more than 10,000 people. The government alleges all are Gulenists.

In the latest move, a government official said detention orders were issued for 98 people, including medics, at the main military hospital in Ankara. Anadolu said about 50 people were detained.

The government, using a state of emergency, has issued decrees to reform the military and impose more civilian oversight. Erdogan is also seeking constitutional changes so the General Staff of the army answers to his office.

Human rights group Amnesty International said that more than two weeks after the government roundup was underway, the whereabouts of many prisoners remains unclear.

Due to lack of capacity in normal jails, suspects are being held all across the country in sports facilities or stables under inhumane conditions, Andrew Gardner, Amnesty's Turkey specialist, told dpa in Istanbul.

He said that detainees must be allowed to communicate with their families and receive access to their attorneys. There remains no official listing of prisoners and where they are being held, particularly for the accused coup leaders, Gardner said.

Amnestly warned in a report last week that police may be engaging in torture of suspected coup plotters, which the Turkish government denies.

Related stories

Erdogan files libel charges against opposition leader

Istanbul set for mass rally against attempted coup

Turkey dismisses 227 judges and prosecutors

Latest news

Syrian opposition rules out future role for President al-Assad

The Syrian opposition said Friday it would not accept any role for President Bashar al-Assad in the future of the war-torn country, reacting to a recent US shift saying that removing al-Assad is no longer a priority for Washington.

Russian Army integrates breakaway forces of Georgian province

Parts of the small fighting forces of the Georgian breakaway province of South Ossetia have been placed under Russian military control, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Friday.

Czech Republic's Pilsner Urquell beer is now Japanese

Japanese brewing company Asahi completed its takeover of the Czech brewery Pilsner Urquell on Friday, Asahi said in a statement.

Judge approves 25-million-dollar settlement of Trump University case

A US district judge on Friday approved a 25-million-dollar settlement of lawsuits and state fraud allegations against Trump University, the US president's now-defunct business venture.

Former Thai premier Thaksin to junta on reconciliation: 'Cut me out'

Former Thai prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Friday announced that he is not interested in the junta-led reconciliation process, three days after the junta handed him a half-a-billion-dollar tax bill for his past business deal.

Dalic: We welcome possible deal between Agrokor and banks

The government welcomes the possibility of an agreement being concluded between the Agrokor food company and creditor banks, and the bill on vitally important companies is not a fallback plan but the result of the government's care for the overall economic and financial stability of Croatia, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy Martina Dalic told a press conference in Zagreb on Friday.

Croatia, China sign action plan for cooperation in agriculture

The Croatian and Chinese ministries of agriculture on Friday signed an action plan for cooperation in the field of agriculture for the period 2017-2018, the Croatian ministry said in a statement.

ZSE indices up, Agrokor shares in focus of investor interest

The Zagreb Stock Exchange (ZSE) indices on Friday rose by more than 1.8%, with stocks of the Agrokor food and retail concern being in the focus of investor interest again.

Berlin police defend handling of Berlin market attacker

Berlin police defended themselves on Friday against accusations that they stopped surveillance on Berlin Christmas market attacker despite knowing in June 2016 he was dangerous.

Croatia, creditors tailor emergency measures to save tottering giant

Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.

Agrokor's creditors say standstill agreement to go into force today

A standstill agreement regarding the Agrokor concern's existing financial obligations to banks will take effect on Friday, additional capital will be injected into the concern in the coming days and the concern will be actively restructured, which includes a change of its management, it was said on Friday after a meeting between Agrokor's suppliers and creditor banks.

Palestinians, UN slam Israel's new settlement plan

Palestinians, Israeli activists and the UN lambasted the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Friday, a day after it gave the go-ahead for the first new West Bank settlement in a quarter of a century.

South Sudan rebels release three abducted foreign oil workers

South Sudanese rebels have released three foreign engineers they abducted in early March in the oil-rich Upper Nile region, Foreign Affairs Ministry official Mawein Makol Arik said on Friday.

Turkish opposition: Imprisoned party chief has gone on hunger strike

The head of Turkey's pro-Kurdish opposition party has launched a hunger strike from prison.

European leagues threaten Champions League schedule clashes

The European Professional Football Leagues (EPFL) on Friday threatened schedule clashes on Champions League matchdays in an ongoing dispute with the governing body UEFA.

Danish court revokes citizenship of IS volunteer

A Danish appellate court on Friday stripped a man of his Danish citizenship for volunteering to fight for the extremist Islamic State in Syria.

Banks and Agrokor agree on key elements of standstill agreement

Member banks of the coordinating committee of financial creditors and representatives of the Agrokor food company have in principle agreed on key elements of a standstill agreement, which is expected to be signed later today, announcing changes in the company's management team, Erste Bank said in a statement on Friday afternoon.

Syrian man on trial in Sweden; mosque attack labelled terrorism

A Syrian man went on trial Friday in the southern Swedish city of Malmo, charged with terrorism and arson after an attack last year on a building used as an assembly hall by Shiite Muslims.