Interpol removes Turkey from database

Interpol has removed Turkey from its database after Ankara uploaded a list of 60,000 people sought over suspected links to what Turkish prosecutors call the “Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO),” the Hurriyet Daily News reports.

The decision to suspend Turkey’s access to the database of sought individuals came after the July 2016 coup attempt.

According to the daily, Turkey uploaded the names of suspected members of FETO, widely believed to have been behind the thwarted coup, after they fled abroad.

Interpol allegedly said the issue constituted “an issue of trust.”

The Interpol database, which includes passport information of the sought individuals, enables countries to detain suspects after their passport numbers are determined on the system. Interpol’s decision has blocked Gülenist suspects’ passport numbers to be shown on the system.

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