A public servant who was fired from his job with a gov’t decree issued after a coup attempt in 2016, was asked to pay ₺150k bribe for reinstatement to job, the Medya Blok news portal reported.

Speaking to İyi Party leader Meral Akşener during her visit to Van province as part of an election campaign, the purge-victim public servant said it has been five years since he was dismissed with a gov’t degree.

“Even though I was acquitted of all charges, I have not still been reinstated to my job. 10 days ago, a relative of a local politician (from the AKP). He told me to pay ₺150k,” he told Akşener.

Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt in the country on July 15, 2016, which remained in effect until July 19, 2018.

During the state of emergency, the AKP issued a number of government decrees, known as KHKs, through which thousands of academics, politicians, teachers, doctors, officials, businessmen, artists and journalists have been purged due to their real or alleged connections to the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of being behind the failed coup. The group denies any involvement in the failed coup.