32,000 people have been arrested since the country’s failed coup, and more may follow, said Bekir Bozdag the Turkish justice minister in an interview on Wednesday. He further said 70,000 people have been processed and 32,000 were formally arrested since the July 15 coup attempt.
“There may be new arrests or releases according to the evidence and information gathered in the investigation,” Bozdag said
\More than 50,000 people have been expelled from the civil service, including in the military, police, judiciary, and education, through decrees under the state of emergency declared after the failed coup.
Some two-and-a-half months after the coup attempt aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan led to a crackdown unprecedented in Turkey's modern history, there is still no indication as to when trials might start.
The trials of tens of thousands will be the biggest legal process in Turkey's history and are set to put the system under unprecedented pressure.
"It is not entirely clear how the trials will be carried out," Bozdag acknowledged.
He said trials would take place in cities across the country and not in one single venue.
Bozdag said there was no need to create a special trial venue in Istanbul as capacity was sufficient. But he said one was needed in Ankara and work is taking place for a trial venue at Sincan outside the capital.
"People are not going to be put on trial in just one place but trials will take place in all of Turkey," he said.