Tevfik Önen, a Mersin judge who has launched several judicial investigations into the Gülen movement very recently, has been purged over his alleged ties to the movement too as the post-coup government witch hunt against the group has gone off the track.

Önen was among 45 judges and prosecutors Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) dismissed from profession over alleged links to the movement, which the government accuses of being behind the July 15 coup attempt, last week.

With the recent dismissals, the number of judges and prosecutors purged since July 15 has gone up to 4,317. The government has further detained many of them after their dismissals.

Önen was also briefly detained before he was released on judicial control last week. He sought detention of many individuals as part of local investigations in Mersin’s Silifke district.