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Arrest warrants out for Turkish news channel's ex-staff

ARREST WARRANTS OUT FOR TURKISH NEWS CHANNELS EX-STAFF

Arrest warrants for 34 former employees of Turkish state broadcaster TRT were issued Wednesday as part of a probe into the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), a judicial source said.

According to the source who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, arrest warrants were issued by the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office.

The suspects are believed to have used the ByLock mobile app, which is said to have been used by FETO members during the July 15 coup attempt, the source added.

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

According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

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

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