Tuesday 22 August 2017

Turkey removes more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors after coup - says minister

Paramilitary police officers and commandos escort the alleged main ringleaders of last summer's failed military coup before their trial at a courthouse in the outskirts of Ankara (AP)
Paramilitary police officers and commandos escort the alleged main ringleaders of last summer's failed military coup before their trial at a courthouse in the outskirts of Ankara (AP)
Police officers escort people suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey (Olay Duzgun/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

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Turkey has removed more than 4,000 judges and prosecutors on suspicion of links to last year's failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag said on Friday.

In a speech in Ankara, Bozdag said the judiciary had been cleared of supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for the July 15 attempted putsch.

More than 100,000 people in the police, judiciary, civil service and private sector have been sacked or suspended from their jobs due to alleged links to the coup, something that has unnerved Turkey's Western allies and rights groups.

Police officers escort people suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey (Olay Duzgun/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)
Police officers escort people suspected of links to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, in Kayseri, Turkey (Olay Duzgun/DHA-Depo Photos via AP)

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