Turkey’s Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s office has ordered the detentions of 65 suspects allegedly tied to the "parallel state structure" on Friday morning.
Security forces conducted nationwide operations in 10 provinces of the country including Istanbul, Ankara, Sanliurfa, Antalya, and Kutahya and detained five suspects following the order of the chief prosecutor’s office according to Turkey’s Anadolu Agency.
They could not make the other ordered detentions because most of the suspects could not be located inside of the country, most probably having left Turkey for foreign countries.
The suspects include high-profile figures from politics, business and press such as Akin Ipek, Ekrem Dumanli, Hidayet Karaca, and Ilhan Isbilen.
One of the suspects is Turkish businessman Akin Ipek, whose company Koza-Ipek Holding was previously raided by security forces on Oct. 28 after the company was accused by prosecutors of being behind operations involving illegal activities linked to US-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gulen, such as fraud and the collection of unauthorised donations.
Ipek reportedly left Turkey before he could be detained.
Ekrem Dumanli, another target of the operations, also could not be detained because he has already left the country. He was the top former manager of the Gulen-connected newspaper Zaman.
The chief prosecutor has also ordered Hidayet Karaca, who was the chief executive of the Gulen-linked television Samanyolu, to be detained.
However, he was previously arrested by a Turkish court over accusation of “heading terrorist organisation” following his detention, he was sent to the Silivri Prison.
Ilhan Isbilen, a former deputy at the Turkish Parliament, is also among the detainees along with another suspect who was located in Ankara, according to media accounts.
The other three suspects were detained in Istanbul.
Anadolu Agency reported that the operations have targeted “top leadership” of the group, which is being accused of being composed with “heads of countries and regions” throughout the world and Turkey.
The alleged heads of Turkey’s Central Anatolian and Aegean regions of the group were also included in the list of detainees ordered by the prosecutor’s office according to media accounts.
The Gulen Movement, which is led by Fethullah Gulen, 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.
An extensive investigation into the group began after the movement was accused of attempting to overthrow the elected Turkish government via judicial coup last December.
A secret circle within the Gulen Movement was also determined a national security threat for Turkey by the National Security Council.
Furthermore, Turkey’s Chief Public Prosecutor’s office of Istanbul has recently issued an indictment accusing the circle of “terrorism,” calling it the “Gulenist Terrorist Organization (FETO).” The accusations include illegal wiretapping, blackmail, fraud and threats.