Aslan Durman, a Turkish teacher who used to work at a state school in the Urfa province but was removed from his job by a government decree in February 2017, has been reinstated to his job almost one year after his death.

According to,  Durman was one of the thousands of civil servants who were removed from their posts by a government decree issued on February 7, 2017 thanks to a state of emergency (OHAL) declared by the Turkish government in the aftermath of a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.

Durman was fired without any due trial over his alleged links to the Gülen group, which was held responsible for the abortive putsch by the government.

Following his dismissal, Durman reportedly started working as a worker on a construction sited to make a living.  He died on April 14, 2019 in a construction accident.

More than 150,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 50,000 others were jailed, and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism since the coup attempt in Turkey due to their alleged links to the Gülen movement, which strongly denies any involvement in the failed putsch.

In a similar development in February 2018, a Turkish teacher, Gökhan Açıkkollu, who was tortured to death while in police custody in the wake of the coup attempt over alleged membership in the Gülen movement, was found innocent one-and-a-half years later and “reinstated” to his job.

The official document for Açıkkollu’s reinstatement was delivered by the principal of his former school to Açıkkollu’s wife, who had also been dismissed from her job as a teacher by a government decree.

In another incident, Mustafa Nacaroğlu, an accountant who was also fired from his job by a government decree due to his alleged links to the Gülen movement, was reinstated to his job one year after he died in a traffic accident in January 2018.