Those purged by mistake will be re-appointed by new decree – Deputy PM

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdağ said civil servants who were wrongly dismissed by government decrees over the last year will be returned to office with a new decree, the state-run Anatolian Agency reported.

The Turkish government has dismissed tens of thousands of civil servants for allegedly using a chat app called ByLock, which was used by followers of the U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen.

Turkish media channels previously reported that Turkish law-enforcement agencies had obtained the list of users who connected to the app’s server via the internet.

More than a year after the series of purges by the government, forensic experts found out that the list of alleged ByLock users includes 11,480 people who connected to the same server via other mobile apps.

Bozdağ said that, of the 11,480 people who became victims of this mistake, 2168 were civil servants purged by the government:

“If they were dismissed only for using ByLock, they will return to office with a new government decree. But if they were purged for other reasons, their cases will be reviewed,” said Bozdağ.