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Over 30,000 FETÖ members are behind bars in Turkey: Erdoğan

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Turkey's president on Wednesday said over 20,000 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) members have been convicted of various crimes, and 10,000 others have been remanded in custody.

"Now, there are 30,559 FETÖ members in jail, including 20,226 convicted, and 10,333 remanded," Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told an event in the capital Ankara marking the 174th anniversary of the Turkish Police Force.

Stating that the fight against the FETÖ terror group continues, Erdoğan also said over 31,000 personnel have been dismissed from law enforcement.

"The number dismissed from the army is over 15,000, while over 4,000 were also dismissed from the judiciary," he added.

FETÖ and its U.S- based leader Fetullah Gülen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETÖ 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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