Wednesday, 18 July, 2018

Turkey dismisses over 18,000 army, civilian personnel over coup links

Turkey sacks thousands of public servants for alleged links to terror groups Turkey fires thousands of public servants in anti-terror purge
Melinda Barton | 11 July, 2018, 13:18

Turkey issued a decree on Sunday dismissing more than 18,000 personnel over suspected links to Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) and other terror organizations, ahead of this month's expected lifting of a two-year-old state of emergency imposed after an attempted coup in July 2016.

The Turkish media dubbed the decree as the "last" one, with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as July 9.

In Turkey's Ground Forces, 3,077 officers have been dismissed, while in Navy the number was 1,126 and in Air Force, 1,949 officers and non-commissioned officers have been sacked.

The government was preparing the list for quite some time and announced it before the oath ceremony of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday.

The Turkish government blames US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen for the coup.

Another 1,052 civil servants from the justice ministry and related institutions have also been dismissed, as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coastguard.

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

The Turkish government blames the July coup, 2016, living in the United States of the theologian Fethullah gülen, and the charges of belonging to a "terrorist group Fethullah" is used during the purges constantly.

This year, the government said more than 77,000 people had been arrested over alleged links to Mr Gulen.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

Some 1,052 civil servants and 199 academics were also among those dismissed, and at least three newspapers, a television channel and 12 associations were shut down.