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News code: 25996
Published Date: Sunday 8 July 2018 - 14:21:43

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged terrorism links

Turkey sacks 18,500 state employees over alleged terrorism links
World  - More than 8,998 police officers and 3,077 army soldiers among public employees dismissed by emergency decree.

Turkish authorities have ordered the dismissal of more than 18,500 state employees over alleged links to terrorist organisations, according to an emergency decree published in the country's official legal database.

The Official Gazette said on Sunday that 18,632 people had been sacked as part of a crackdown following a failed military coup two years ago, including 8,998 police officers, 3,077 army soldiers, 1,949 air force personnel and 1,126 from the naval forces.

Some 1,052 civil servants and 199 academics were also among those dismissed, and at least three newspapers, a television channel and 12 associations were shut down.

The decree also said 148 employees who were dismissed in the past had been reinstated.

Turkish media dubbed the latest decree as the "last," with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as Monday.

The state of emergency has been renewed seven times and the latest is officially due to end on July 19.

Turkey has been under a state of emergency since July 2016 following an attempted overthrow of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

The government has arrested or sacked more than 100,000 people, saying the purges and detentions are aimed at removing supporters of Fethullah Gulen from state institutions and other parts of society.

Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States, has denied any involvement in the failed coup in which more than 230 people were killed.


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News Code: 25996
Published Date: Sunday 8 July 2018 - 14:21:43
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