At least 550 high-ranking Turkish diplomats have been fired from their jobs by the Turkish government since a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

According to Bahadır Gülle, who claims to be one of the 550 purged-diplomats, among them are those with degrees from the world’s some of the best universities, such as Harvard, Oxford, Columbia and Georgetown.

“There were 5 diplomats in graduated from Harvard, all of them either fled the country or ended up in jail. And many others from Oxford, Columbia, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins etc,” Bahadır Gülle tweeted.

Gülle’s tweet came after a Turkish court last week ruled for the release of Serkan Gölge, a 37-year-old physicist and research scientist who was given 7 years and 6 months in prison his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

In a follow-up tweet, Gülle said that some of his former colleagues are being subjected to torture in Turkish prisons.

“My dear colleagues are arrested on baseless charges and some of them are subjected to torture.They and I are accused of being incompetent. Many of my friends have much better CVs than mine. Have a look at the image and judge for yourself.

The Ankara Bar Association on Tuesday published a report including interviews with five detainees who were subjected to torture last weekend at a detention center in Ankara, exposing details of the torture perpetrated by law enforcement officials.

Another detainee who was interviewed also confirmed the claims of torture based on his observations.

The five detainees told the bar association that they were brought to a room for what the police called “interviews,” during which they were psychologically abused.

In a dark room, after being beaten by unidentified officials, they were threatened with sexual abuse with batons, the detainees said.

Three of them said they were undressed completely, while others said they were half naked during the torture.

They also said that during their daily doctor’s visits at least one police officer was present, and because of that they could not fully explain the torture and ill treatment they had been subjected to.

Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a Turkish deputy and human rights activist, said at least 20 detainees were subjected to torture among some 100 former foreign ministry employees who were detained last week.

They were allegedly forced to sign depositions prepared in advance.

The detainees are believed to have links to the Gülen movement, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement, inspired by the views of US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gülen, strongly denies any involvement in the failed putsch.

Hüseyin Konuş, another purge-victim Turkish diplomat, said in a tweet he posted that he was fired from his job after the coup attempt.

“550 diplomats incl. I from have been purged since 2016. Now they are accused of incompetence & 15 of them are tortured. I’m only on average among them as a grad., ranked 7th in 1997 OYS among 1.5 million & 2nd in 2003 KPSS among 120K. ,” Konuş tweeted.