Turkey detains 23 for finding jobs for dismissed public servants

Turkish authorities detained 23 people after finding jobs for public servants dismissed over links to an outlawed Islamist network accused of orchestrating a failed coup in July 2016, Stockholm Center for Freedom reported on Monday.

Twelve of the suspects were arrested on Sunday for membership of the Gülen movement, while the rest were released and placed under judicial supervision, SCF said.

The Turkish authorities began sweeping purges of people it accused of links to Gülenists after the government survived the coup attempt. More than 77,000 people have been arrested and another 150,000 public employees have been suspended or sacked since then as part of the Turkish government’s global crackdown on the group.

During its alliance with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party, the Gülen movement was accused of infiltrating the armed forces, judiciary, police, civil service and the media, placing its followers in influential positions.