Turkey removes 492 state religious personnel after failed coup
Officials also removed 257 staff from duty at the prime minister's office for suspected involvement in the failed coup
Turkey has removed 492 staff from duty at its top Islamic authority for suspected involvement in the failed July 15 military coup and for alleged "terrorism" links, a statement from the Diyanet said on Tuesday.
Turkey's government has accused US-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup, in which more than 200 people were killed. Gulen, who has many supporters in Turkey's civil service, judiciary and police, has strongly denied the accusation.
More than 100,000 personnel are employed at the Religious Affairs Directorate, or Diyanet.
Also on Tuesday, Turkey removed 257 staff from duty at the prime minister's office for suspected involvement in the failed July 15 military coup, sources in his team said on Tuesday.
Brutality of Turkey’s failed coup caught on social mediaPhotos and shaky videos posted on Twitter and YouTube, increasingly circulated in the days after the attempted coup, hint at how many died so quickly Digital
Turkish pilots who downed Russian jet were ‘part of coup plot’The shooting down of the Russian fighter jet on the Syrian border sparked an unprecedented diplomatic crisis between Turkey and Russia Middle East
WikiLeaks to release documents on Turkey’s power structureWikiLeaks told social media followers to ‘get ready’ for the release of over 100 documents on Turkey’s power structure Digital
Turkey told to respect rule of law during mass purgeDays after the botched coup, world leaders urge a 'full respect' for democracy as Ankara mulls reinstating the death penalty Middle East