Published: Wed, July 11, 2018

Turkey sacks 18500 officers, soldiers and academics in coup crackdown

Turkey sacks 18500 officers, soldiers and academics in coup crackdown

The Turkish media dubbed the decree as the "last" one, with officials indicating the state of emergency could end as early as July 9.

Human rights defenders including Amnesty International have criticized the purges as arbitrary.

The decree is expected to be the last of a series of emergency laws as Turkey's ruling system will fully transform into an executive presidency Monday, when President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is sworn in once again following his victory in last month's elections.

There will be a lavish ceremony before the new cabinet is announced.

The current parliamentary system will end under constitutional changes approved in a referendum a year ago.

In the aftermath of the failed 2016 coup, more than 55,000 people have been detained pending trial.

Turkey says the measures are aimed at removing supporters of Fethullah Gulen, who it says was behind the coup attempt, from state institutions and other parts of society and to combat threats to national security.

Turkey declared a state of emergency for the first time on July 20, 2016, following the defeated coup by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (or FETO) and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen, which left 251 people dead and almost 2,200 wounded.

Also, 3,077 personnel from the land forces command, 1,126 from the naval forces command, and 1,949 from the air force command were ousted from the Turkish army.

Another 1,052 civil servants from the justice ministry and related institutions have also been dismissed, as well as 649 from the gendarmerie and 192 from the coastguard.

More than 75,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to Gulen.

Tens of thousands of others have been fired or suspended in the huge purge.

The PKK is blacklisted as a terrorist group by Ankara, the European Union and the United States.

About 1052 199 civil servants and scientists were also fired and at least three Newspapers, the channel 12 and associations were closed.

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