Turkey coup: 1700 officers discharged from military

Turkey coup: 1700 officers discharged from military

Turkey’s prime minister has warned that the crackdown following a failed coup was not over, as authorities issued arrest warrants for dozens of former newspaper staff. More than 15,000 people have been detained for suspected links to the coup and at least 8,000 remain in custody, according to the interior ministry.

Tens of thousands more have been purged from state institutions and the state-run Anadolu news agency said that close to 1,700 officers have been formally discharged from the military following the country’s failed coup. The government has shut down dozens of media organisations, including 45 newspapers and 16 television stations. Ankara said that Fethullah Gülen, a US-based Muslim cleric, was behind the failed uprising by a faction within the military that led to some 290 deaths on 15 July.

Prime minister Binali Yildirim said: “The investigation is continuing – there are people who are being searched for. There could be new apprehensions, arrests and detentions. The process is not completed yet.” Energy minister Berat Albayrak, who is the son-in-law of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Turkish authorities had been planning a major purge of the military and other institutions to remove Gülen-linked elements before the coup attempt. Read more

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