Turkey seeks to detain 271 military for alleged coup ties

11 July, 2018, 13:15 | Author: Wade Massey
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TURKEY issued a decree on Sunday dismissing more than 18,000 civil servants, half of which were from the police force, ahead of this month's expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup in July 2016. Moreover, 12 non-government organization, three newspapers and one TV channel were also shut down.

Human rights groups say the purge has also targeted the government's political opponents and critics and has swept up innocent people, as well.

Turkish media dubbed the latest decree as the "last", with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.

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

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest is officially due to end on July 19.

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The government blames a US -based cleric for orchestrating the coup and has sacked or arrested people suspected of links to him.

The government refers to the movement as the "Fethullah Terrorist Organisation" but Gulen strongly denies any coup links and insists his movement is a peaceful.

Following the coup attempt, which took place in Turkey on July 16, 2016, Ankara has arrested over 50,000 representatives of military personnel, activists, officials, journalists, as well as legal and educational workers and dismissed over 140,000 officials over suspected links to Gulen.

According to the report, in line with decree No. 701, 3077 members of the Turkish land forces, 8998 from the security general directorate, 240 from the directorate of religious affairs (Diyanet), 1052 from the ministry of justice and 1126 from the naval forces command were dismissed.

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