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Turkish Author, Journalists, Held in Coup Probe, Hurriyet Says

Feb. 15 (Bloomberg) -- Turkish police detained writer Soner Yalcin and three other journalists in a morning raid on offices and homes linked to the Oda TV televsion channel, Hurriyet newspaper reported.

The raid was ordered by prosecutors working on the trial of senior generals, academics, journalists and businessmen who are accused of plotting to destabilize Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government through armed attacks, the Istanbul-based newspaper reported.

Kemal Kilicdaroglu, head of the main opposition party, said the detentions showed that Yalcin’s work as a historian and writer had upset the ruling party, the newspaper reported.

Police had been tracking the targets at Oda TV for eight months, Hurriyet said. They took documents, books, and digital records from Yalcin’s home, it said.

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