Turkey issues more than 13,000 arrest warrants in coup aftermath

Turkish authorities have detained nearly 26,000 suspects since last month's failed coup and issued arrest warrants for more than half of them, Interior Minister Efkan Ala said Wednesday.

Arrest warrants have been issued for 13,419 of the 25,917 detained suspects, Anadolu news agency quoted Ala as saying. It remained unclear how many of those detained had been released.

The minister said 74,562 passports had been declared invalid to prevent suspects from fleeing the country.

Under an emergency decree issued by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after the coup, the legal amount of time a suspect can be detained before being arraigned in Turkey was extended from a maximum of four days to 30 days.

Last update: Wed, 03/08/2016 - 20:41

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