A total of five judges who were dismissed from profession with decrees issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, were arrested on Thursday.
According to Cumhuriyet daily, the five judges, who were detained on Friday, testified to a court in Antalya, which handed down the arrest decision for “coup plotting” and “membership in a terrorist organization,” in reference to the Gülen movement, which is labeled a terrorist organization by the Turkish government.
Detention warrants had been issued for the judges over their alleged links to the movement, which Turkish authorities accuse of being behind a failed coup attempt in Turkey last July.
In a currently ongoing post-coup purge, over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the Gülen movement, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10. As of Feb. 1, 89,775 people were being held without charge, with an additional 43,885 in pre-trial detention.
Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.