Turkish coup d'état attempt

Gülenists developed ByLock before election of judges, prosecutors in 2014: Report

Followers of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen reportedly developed the smartphone app ByLock, which came to prominence after the attempted July 15 coup due to the coup plotters' usage of the app, before the elections of Turkey's Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) in 2014. 

Turkey Detains Gülen's Brother over July Coup Attempt

Kutbettin Gülen, the brother of US-based cleric Fethullah Gülen, has been detained in Turkey over suspected involvement in the coup attempt made on July 15, AFP reports.

He was detained in Western Turkey, at the home of a relative in a district of Izmir province.

According to Anadolu Agency, he was accused of being a member of an armed terror group.

Parliament opens with coup attempt on agenda

The new legislative year of the Turkish parliament is set to kick off on Oct. 1, as debate on decree laws issued under the state of emergency are expected to dominate the agenda. 
The Turkish parliament, which has been on summer recess since Aug. 20, will convene at 3 p.m. under the leadership of Parliament Speaker İsmail Kahraman.      

Turkish Authorities Lay Off 1,500 Prison Employees

Turkish authorities have laid off 1,500 prison employees and supervisors, reported Reuters, citing Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.

According to him, the people laid off are under investigation for links to Fethullah Gulen. Ankara claims that the cleric living in the USA is behind the coup attempt on July 15.

Gülen movement no different than ISIL, Turkish army chief's former aide says

The movement of U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen is no different than the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Levent Türkkan, Turkish Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar's former top aide, has said, adding that both were "terrorist organizations."

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