Turkey’s Ombudsman Institution (KDK) dismissed 15 public auditing specialists, 4 assistant specialists, one legal adviser along with an administrative personnel, over their alleged links to the Gülen Movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup, on Friday.
The massive dismissal came almost a week after police arrested 26 inspectors from the BDDK, the country’s banking watchdog.
The banking inspectors were arrested on suspicion of making “irregular” investigations into the account of a government-related foundation and those of business people, including targets close to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, as part of sweeping corruption investigations that implicated top AK Party figures in late 2013, according to Turkish media.
A purge aimed at cleansing the sympathizers of the teachings of Gulen from within state institutions has resulted in 40,029 people being detained since the coup attempt with about half being formally arrested pending charges.
Some 80,000 people have been suspended from their positions at state bodies.