Turkey’s top judicial body, the Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK) has dismissed 39 more judges and public prosecutors over alleged links to the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of being behind a failed coup last year.
The state-run Anadolu news agency reported on Thursday that the HSK has sent the names of the dismissed officials for publication in the Official Gazette. The number of prosecutors and judges fired over Gülen links now totals 4,560 with the latest dismissals.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.
Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the movement, have denied having any role in the failed coup, but President Erdoğan and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup