A 47-year-old purge-victim police officer who committed suicide has been laid to rest in his hometown, according to Turkish journalist Sevinç Özarslan.

The police officer, named Mehmet Ali Gündoğan, was reportedly fired from his job with a decree issued in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016. He was accused of having links to the Gulen group, accused of masterminding the failed coup.

During the state of emergency, the AKP issued a number of government decrees, known as KHKs, through which around 130,000 public servants including academics, teachers, doctors, police officers, judges and prosecutors have been purged due to their real or alleged connections to terrorist organizations.