Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
People | By Neil Grant

Turkey sacks 18500 officers, soldiers and academics in coup crackdown

Turkey sacks 18500 officers, soldiers and academics in coup crackdown

Turkish police on Friday launched nationwide raids to detain almost 350 people, including soldiers, accused of links to the group blamed for the July 2016 failed coup, state media reported.

On Sunday, the official gazette said 8,998 police officers were ousted from the security general directorate, while 649 others were dismissed from the gendarmerie general command.

About 1,052 people, including judicial candidates and civil servants were dismissed from the justice ministry.

More than 77,000 people including military personnel have been arrested over alleged Gulen links under the post-coup state of emergency imposed almost two years ago.

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times.

Turkey ordered the detention of 331 soldiers on Friday in two operations targeting alleged supporters of the US-based Islamic cleric who Ankara says orchestrated an attempted coup two years ago, state media and Istanbul police said.

Sunday's decree also reinstated 148 people previously sacked through emergency decrees.

Gulen denies any involvement in the attempted putsch, which took place on 15 July, 2016.

But the government says they are necessary to remove a number of terrorist threats inside state institutions.

The decree follows President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's victory in June 24 presidential election and comes before he swears his oath on Monday, inaugurating an executive presidency. Moreover, 12 non-government organization, three newspapers and one TV channel were also shut down.

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