İbrahim Söylemen, a purge-victim public servant who died in September 2021, was reinstated to his job by the Turkish authorities in January 2022, journalist Sevinç Özarslan reported.

Söylemez (67) was dismissed by a decree issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. He was later indicted over alleged links to the Gulen group, which the government accuses of masterminding the failed attempt. Upon his death in September of last year, his case was reportedly closed. It was later revealed that  the Turkish authorities also decided to reinstated him to his job.

The Turkish government has purged more than 145,000 state officials including judges, prosecutors, doctors, academics and teachers as part of the witch-hunt targeting the Gülen group since a failed coup on July 15.

Dismissed or suspended civil servants have been prohibited from securing job in other public institutions, while many teachers’ diplomas were also cancelled. Since the majority of the private sector is concerned about government pressure, they prefer not to employ fired public workers.

In order to survive, many purged civil servants and others have become unregistered market vendors or laborers on farms, for construction companies and the like

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group. The group denies any involvement.