Kemal Gökçe, a purge-victim Turkish teacher, has claimed that he is not allowed to inherit family property because he was dismissed from his job with a gov’t decree issued after the coup attempt in July 2016, the Ahval news portal reported.
Gökçe wrote a letter to Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a human rights activist and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) deputy, in which he said that because there is an ongoing investigation implicating him, he was denied a share of his father’s real estate properties. Authorities allegedly made the decision as Mr. Gökçe was categorized as “a risky person” due to his dismissal from his job over alleged Gülen links.
Turkey’s Justice and Development Party (AKP) government declared a state of emergency in the aftermath of a failed coup on July 15, 2016 that 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 were 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 strongly denies any involvement.