24 October 2016

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1,500 more judges, prosecutors to be suspended from judiciary in Turkey

A further 1,500 judges and prosecutors were planned to be suspended over suspected links to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization/Parallel State Structure (FETO/PDY), believed to be behind the July 15 failed coup attempt, according to Hurriyet Daily News.


The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) was preparing a decree to hand out a second wave of suspensions over the failed takeover, daily Haberturk reported on August 9, Hurriyet Daily News wrote.

Hundreds of judges and prosecutors were suspended after the coup attempt. The HSYK General Assembly initially ended the membership of five members in accordance with the detention decisions of the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. Some 3,000 prosecutors and judges were suspended, which was followed by 64 suspensions from the Constitutional Court, while two members were dismissed.

The HSYK will suspend a further 1,500 judges and prosecutors with a decree that has been kept secret and worked on confidentially, according to the daily. The suspended personnel with links to FETO will also be dismissed, which will be determined via a disciplinary procedure.

Turkish pilot admits to bombarding parliament during failed coup attemptIn addition, special preparations were being made in prisons where FETO members were due to serve time in Ankara and Istanbul.

In a similar incident, a total of 2,560 personnel were suspended from the Turkey's Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) over suspected links to U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gulen, bringing the number of suspensions from Diyanet to 3,672 since the failed takeover.

"A total of 2,560 personnel linked to FETO/PDY were suspended from all of the ranks in Diyanet. The commissions formed by the directorate have been continuing their efforts regarding the issue," a statement released from Diyanet read on August 9.

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