Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has suspended 96 judges and prosecutors due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, according to a statement from the deputy chairman of the HSYK, Mehmet Yılmaz.
Speaking to the state-run Anadolu news agency on Tuesday, Yılmaz said out of the 97 judges and prosecutors who have been investigated as part of a probe launched by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, 96 of them have been suspended from their posts.
Yılmaz said the names of the 96 judges and prosecutors were determined according to the confessions and evidence collected as part of an investigation against FETÖ, a derogatory term coined by the Turkish government to refer to the Gülen movement as a terrorist organization.
Yılmaz also said the HSYK has expelled a total of 3,530 judges and prosecutors since the July 15 coup attempt, while the number of suspended judges and prosecutors is 287.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
The movement denies any involvement.
More than 115,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 90,000 detained and over 39,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian.