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Turkey makes more arrests over failed coup


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Turkey makes more arrests over failed coup

Turkish police have arrested the chief legal adviser Erem Turgut Yücel and a former chief executive of Dogan Holding Yahya Üzdiyen as part of the probe into last year’s failed coup.

The pair were detained following raids on their offices and homes on Thursday morning.

Dogan Holding which has interests in media, finance, energy and tourism also owns the Hurriyet newspaper and CNN Turk.

Last month another Dogan executive, Barbaros Muratoglu, was remanded in custody after being accused of “aiding a terror group.” Dogan Holding itself has not been formally accused of any wrongdoing.

It’s all part of an investigation into alleged supporters of US based cleric Fetullah Gulen. The government refers to the group as the “Gulenist Terror Organisation”.

More than 240 people were killed in the failed coup of July last year.

Since then Turkish authorities have detained, sacked or suspended some 120,000 people including soliders, police officers, teachers, judges and journalists, although thousands have since been restored to their posts.

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