Turkish authorities fire more than 2,800 judges, prosecutors

Turkish riot police stand guard in front of the Justice Palace in Istanbul. Authorities fired more than 2,800 judges and prosecutors on Wednesday, in the latest purge after the July 15 coup. (File photo: Reuters)

Turkish authorities fired more than 2,800 judges and prosecutors on Wednesday, in the latest purge related to the July 15 coup, broadcaster CNN Turk reported.

Turkey has sacked or suspended some 80,000 people from the civil service, judiciary, police and courts following the attempted putsch, which it blames on followers of the US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The government says Gulen’s followers spent years infiltrating institutions with the goal of overthrowing the state. The cleric, who has lived in self-imposed exile in rural Pennsylvania since 1999, denies the charge and has condemned the coup.

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Last Update: Wednesday, 24 August 2016 KSA 15:51 - GMT 12:51
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