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Turkish PM’s top adviser detained over Gulen links released

Turkish authorities have freed Prime Minister Binali Yildirim’s chief adviser that was arrested earlier this month over suspected links to the movement of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having masterminded last year’s failed coup.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency reported that Birol Erdem, a former senior Justice Ministry official, was released under judicial supervision on Saturday.

His wife Gulumser Erdem was, however, placed under arrest by an Ankara court ahead of trial.

Earlier this month, Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor Harun Kodalak issued the arrest warrants for Birol and Gulumser Erdem as part of a probe into their links to the Gulen movement. The couple was detained in the capital on June 3.

Meanwhile, a Turkish court has ordered the arrest of Huseyin Capkin, the former Istanbul police chief, as well as Omer Faruk Kavurmaci, the son-in-law of Istanbul mayor Kadir Topbas, over links to the Gulen movement.

Capkin had earlier surrendered to police late on Friday after the Istanbul 30th High Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him and former governor of southwestern Denizli Province, Abdulkadir Demir, on charges of supporting Gulen.