Turkey sacked over 3,900 judges, prosecutors since coup attempt - minister

Turkish authorities have dismissed over 3,900 judges and prosecutors since a failed military coup in 2016, Justice Minister Abdülhamit Gül said in parliament on Monday.

The number of judges and prosecutors dismissed since the attempted coup on July 15, 2016 is 3,926, Anadolu Agency quoted Gül as telling members of parliament's planning and budget committee.

The judges and prosecutors have been sacked over links to the outlawed Fethullah Gülen movement, which Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed putsch. The group denies any involvement in the coup attempt, which left 251 people dead and nearly 2,200 wounded. 

The minister also said that a total of 270 out of 289 court cases related to the coup attempt have been concluded.

Over 77,000 people have been imprisoned and some 150,000 public employees suspended or sacked from their jobs as part of the government’s global crackdown on the Gülen movement since 2016.