Turkey Issues Arrest Warrants for 85 University Academics Nationwide

Updated: May 1, 2019

Arrest warrants have been issued for 44 academics from Istanbul University, 29 from Selcuk University, and 12 from Abant İzzet Baysal University over FETÖ/PDY probe.

On August 19 Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 85 university academics suspected of links with US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.

29 academics have been detained so far. A large majority of the detainees are from Istanbul University and Selcuk University, and they include Selcuk University's dean professor Hakki Gokbel. Selcuk University is in the city of Konya in the Central Anatolia Region of Turkey, about 160 miles south of the capital, Ankara.

The Turkish intelligence service have seized computers and data files from professors' offices. Endangered Scholars Worldwide has reached out to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's office for more information.

Erdogan has long accused cleric Fethullah Gulen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999, of running a "parallel network" inside government institutions and the military. Gulen has denied those allegations and condemned the coup attempt.

Endangered Scholars Worldwide is deeply concerned over the plight of the Turkish academic community. Since the days following the attempted coup, we have received numerous reports that Turkish officials have taken harsh measures against universities and other educational institutions of higher education. Universities are being shut down, and faculty and administrators are being taken into custody and denied the possibility of leaving the country.

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