More than 17,700 arrested in Turkey since attempted coup

Turkey has detained 35,022 people, of whom 17,740 have been formally arrested under court orders, since the attempted coup last month, a government official said Thursday.

The official said that 5,685 people remain in detention, waiting to see a judge. The rest have been released.

Meanwhile, Turkey has continued to purge the state bureaucracy of alleged supporters of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish Islamic cleric accused of plotting the coup - charges he denies.

In the latest move, warrants were issued for 648 judges and prosecutors, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported. Nearly 3,500 members of the judiciary have been suspended since the July 15 failed putsch.

About 65,000 civil servants in total have been suspended or fired, with the government accusing all of having links to Gulen. In addition, 21,000 teachers have lost their licenses.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was once allied with Gulen, has vowed to continue the purges until the state is "cleansed" of his rival's followers.

Last update: Thu, 11/08/2016 - 17:21

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