Turkey: 17 FETO-linked gendarmerie officers arrested

By Zafer Fatih Beyaz

ANKARA (AA) – A total of 17 gendarmerie officers were arrested in capital Ankara on Wednesday for their alleged links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the terror group behind the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey.

Earlier, Ankara’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s office had issued arrest warrants for 34 suspects, 2 of whom were on-duty.

The suspects include six majors, two captains, three lieutenants, 14 petty officers of the General Command of Gendarmerie as well as nine civil imams of the FETO terror group.

FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.