Turkey’s Justice Minister has said 16,000 people have been detained following last month’s failed coup attempt.
Bekir Bozdag also said another 6,000 people were still being processed.
The crackdown has seen tens of thousands of public sector workers removed or suspended from office.
In an interview with Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency on Tuesday the Justice Minister Bozdag also warned Washington it would be effectively sacrificing its relations with Turkey if it refused to extradite US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen.
Ankara has accused Gulen and his followers of being behind the botched uprising.