More than 50 Gulenist suspects were detained in Ankara-based operations on Wednesday over alleged involvement in a fraud case concerning a nationwide public examination.
According to police, the suspects involved in cheating on the 2010 Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) which takes place annually to evaluate participants on their level of knowledge so that they may be assigned to official positions.
The operation is being carried out in 24 provinces throughout the country and 51 suspects have been detained due to being accused of belonging to the criminal organisation -’Gulenist Terror Organisation’- and being involved in illegal and harmful activities in public institutions.
The Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen - a US based preacher of Turkish origin- is accused by the Turkish government of establishing and leading a “parallel state,” composed of a network of followers who have allegedly infiltrated the judiciary, police force, and other state agencies to control these institutions.
And public prosecutors accuse the organisation of using the KPSS exam to infiltrate the institutions.
More than 800,000 candidates had participated in the 2010 exam with the purpose of fulfilling their aspirations of becoming public servants. However, concerns over cheating had emerged after 350 participants correctly answered all 120 questions. 70 of them were married couples, and 23 were relatives, according to data by the Measurement, Selection and Placement Center (OSYM) which is responsible for organising exams.
Turkey has been warning states and governments across the world against the Gulen Movement’s activities in their countries, requesting cooperation since Turkey’s Security Council (MGK) defined the movement as one of the biggest threats to the state in its meeting on Oct. 30, 2014.