Turkey dismisses 2,000 police officers for having links with coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen

Turkey issued two decrees under emergency rule on Wednesday in which it dismissed more than 2,000 police officers and hundreds of members of the military and the BTK communication technology authority over last month's attempted military coup

Reuters August 17, 2016 12:46:39 IST
Turkey dismisses 2,000 police officers for having links with coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen

Turkey issued two decrees under emergency rule on Wednesday in which it dismissed more than 2,000 police officers and hundreds of members of the military and the BTK communication technology authority over last month's attempted military coup.

Turkey dismisses 2000 police officers for having links with coup mastermind Fethullah Gulen

Representational image of Turkey police. AP

Those dismissed were described as having links to US based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed putsch on 15 July. Gulen denies involvement in the coup.

The decrees, published in the country's Official Gazette, also included a decision to close the TIB telecoms authority and another decision under which the president will appoint the head of the armed forces.

Under previous emergency rule decrees, Turkey had already dismissed thousands of security force members as well as ordering the closure of thousands of private schools, charities and other institutions suspected of links to Gulen.

The latest dismissals included 2,360 police officers, more than 100 military personnel and 196 staff in the BTK technology authority, according to the decrees, issued under a three-month state of emergency which came into force on 21 July.

Alongside tens of thousands of civil servants suspended or dismissed, more than 35,000 people have been detained in a massive purge since the failed coup, when a group of rogue soldiers commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an attempt to overthrow the government.

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