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Turkey: Opposition leader’s advisor arrested

CHP leader's advisor Fatih Gursul was arrested as part of probe into FETO

06.12.2016
Turkey: Opposition leader’s advisor arrested

By Baris Gundogan

ANKARA

An advisor to the leader of Turkey’s main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) was arrested on Tuesday as part of a probe into the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), a security source said.

The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to media, told Anadolu Agency that the arrest of Kemal Kilicdaroglu's science, technology and communication advisor occurred in Ankara.

According to Istanbul’s Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, orders to arrest the academic Fatih Gursul had been issued Tuesday.

Gursul, who had offered his services to Kilicdaroglu in 2013, had also suspended from Istanbul University in August amid a national probe into the FETO coup attempt.

A CHP official who spoke on condition of anonymity said that the arrest was related to the alleged use of a messaging app linked to Turkey’s July 15 coup plot.

The ByLock smartphone app is believed to have been cracked by Turkish security agencies months before the coup, allowing them to identify tens of thousands of apparent FETO supporters.

Ankara has said FETO, which is led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, orchestrated the foiled coup, which left 248 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

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

In the wake of the coup attempt, tens of thousands FETO suspects have been arrested, including many in the armed forces, police, justice system and education sector.

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