A group of Turkish lawyers who are being kept in an Ankara prison on coup charges reportedly sent a wreath to the Ankara Bar Association on Wednesday to protest its inefficiency in preventing the ongoing political pressure on Turkey’s judicial system.
After Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others, Turkish government launched a massive crackdown against the Gülen movement, which President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement denies any involvement.
As part of this witch-hunt, at least 400 lawyers have been sent to prison, while 997 others have been investigated either over alleged involvement in a coup attempt on July 15, or having links to the movement.
The data was compiled by Turkey Purge editors based on reports released by Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency and the @ Av_EvrenSEL Twitter account, an initiative for the arrested Turkish lawyers, since the failed coup attempt.
Over 135,000 people, including thousands within the military, have been purged due to their real or alleged connection to the movement since the coup attempt, according to a statement by the labor minister on Jan. 10.
As of March 23, 94,982 people were being held without charge, with an additional 47,128 in pre-trial detention due to their alleged links to the movement. A total of 7,317 academics were purged as well as 4,272 judges and prosecutors, who were dismissed due to alleged involvement in the July 15 coup attempt.
ore than 123,000 have lost their jobs, nearly 88,000 detained and some 43,000 arrested since the coup attempt.