Turkish terrorism investigation names 15 Canadian suspects

Fifteen Canadian citizens and residents, including academics, journalists, real estate agents and a part-time taxi driver, have been named as suspects in Turkey's investigation into a religious group Ankara says orchestrated the July 2016 coup attempt, the Globe and Mail said on Monday.

Turkey's national intelligence agency collected personal information about the 15 suspects, most of who have not travelled to Turkey in years, it said.

They are accused of membership in the Gülen movement, for writing or promoting articles critical of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan or using Bylock, a messaging app that was popular among Ankara’s critics.

More than 150,000 civil servants have been dismissed and some 50,000 alleged Gülenists thrown in jail since the failed coup attempt. Turkey has forced the closure of hundreds of Gülen schools and businesses around the world and pressured foreign governments, mainly African and former Soviet states, to hand over more than 80 Turkish citizens with links to the movement.