Turkish justice minister says 32,000 arrested in post-coup attempt probes, new courts may be built

Turkey may have to build new courthouses to cope with thousands of prosecutions following the failed July 15 coup attempt, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on Sept. 28, as the number of arrests reached 32,000. 
Authorities have detained or sacked people from across local government, the military, the media and the judiciary, and asked the United States to extradite Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, accusing of masterminding the attempted takeover.

"We will build new courthouses as needed," Bozdağ told private broadcaster NTV in comments aired live. 

Bozdağ also said he did not expect mass trials with "thousands of defendants" and added that some of the 32,000 people in custody over links to Gülen could be freed as the legal process advanced. 

U.S. officials have promised to respond to the extradition request for Gülen in a couple of days, he added.
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