Turkey dismisses 11 judges, prosecutors over Gülen links

Turkey’s key judicial body responsible for appointments and other personnel-related issues in the judiciary on Monday sacked 11 judges and prosecutors accused of links to the Gülen movement, a religious group accused of organising the July 2016 coup attempt. 

The Turkish Supreme Council of Judges and Public Prosecutors (HSYK) reached the decision following a meeting of the body’s general assembly, Birgün newspaper reported.

The judges and prosecutors are accused of contact, cohesion and liaison with the Gülen movement, it said.

The Turkish government began sweeping purges of people it accused of links to the movement after surviving the July 2016 coup attempt. Its U.S. -based leader, Islamist preacher Fethullah Gülen, denies any involvement in the failed putsch

The Gülen movement is accused of infiltrating the armed forces, judiciary, police, civil service and the media, placing its followers in influential positions.

As of January of this year, over 3,900 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed since the failed putsch in 2016, according to Turkey’s Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSK).