Turkey dismisses almost 4,000 public officials with state of emergency decree

30/04/2017 (Hurriyet – Turkey): Some 3,974 public officials were dismissed with a new state of emergency decree published in the Official Gazette on April 29. The total of 3,974 dismissed officials were suspected of being members or linked to the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) and include employees from parliament, the Supreme Court, the High Election Board (YSK), the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), the Directorate of Religious Affairs (Diyanet), the ministries of justice, energy, and interior, and other state institutions. Turkey declared a state of emergency after the July 15, 2016, failed coup attempt, widely believed to have been orchestrated by what the government and prosecutors call “FETÖ,” linked to U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen. The latest expulsions affected some 1,200 members of the armed forces, including nearly 600 officers. Those fired from the air force included over 100 pilots…




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