Abdurrahman Sakar, a former Turkish judge who was fired from his job in the aftermath of a failed coup in 2016, died of cancer at age of 42, Journalist Sevinç Özarslan reported.

Sakar was fired with a decree issued following the failed coup in 2016. He was accused by the Turkish government of having links to the Gülen group, which is accused of masterminding the coup attempt. The group denşes any involvement.

Sevinç reported that the purge-victim man was acquitted of all accusations by a Turkish court, but was never reinstated to his job.

Following a coup attempt in 2016, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown under the pretext of an anti-coup fight. More than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others were jailed and over 500,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.

More than 6,000 judges and prosecutors have been removed from their jobs since the coup attempt due to their alleged links to the group.