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Istanbul police pursue 121 'FETO-linked body' members

Operation launched in 18 provinces to nab members of 'Kimse Yok Mu' relief organization

 Istanbul police pursue 121 'FETO-linked body' members



The chief prosecutor of Istanbul has issued orders for the detention of 121 members of a relief organization on suspicion of having links to the Fetullah Terror Organization, the prosecutor's office announced Tuesday.

According to the office, Istanbul police launched an operation in 18 Turkish provinces to detain members, including the director of the humanitarian aid organization "Kimse Yok Mu", which means “Is anybody there” in English.

Police have so far held 41 members of the organization, the office said, adding that 77 others were abroad.  

Two others were arrested for other crimes, while search for the remaining one suspect continues, the office added.

The suspects are accused of being members of an armed terrorist organization, violating terror financing law, laundering of illegally acquired properties and contravening the law of associations.

The organization had in the past several years collected money from people for the Eid al-Adha.

Reporting by Filiz Kinik : Writing by Emin Avundukluoglu

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