ISTANBUL: Turkish authorities have arrested 10 members of the Council of State, the country’s top administrative court, and are searching for 140 members of the court of cassation in a probe related to a failed overnight coup, broadcaster NTV reported.
The arrests follow reports of detentions of judges at other courts, a sign that the probe was widening into the judiciary. Turkey’s government has said members of a “parallel structure” in the military were behind the coup – referring to followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.
President Tayyip Erdogan has long accused former ally Gulen, of building a parallel structure in the judiciary, military, education and media aimed at eventually toppling the state.
The cleric, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for years, denies the charge and has publicly condemned Friday night’s coup attempt.