Over 200 judges, prosecutors dismissed over Gülen links
ANKARAThe Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) unanimously decided to suspend 203 judges and public prosecutors on Nov. 15 over suspected links to the Gülen movement, widely believed to be behind Turkey’s failed July 15 coup attempt.
According to the decision announced in the Official Gazette on Nov. 17, the 203 judiciary members retain the right to appeal their dismissal for 10 days.
The announcement noted that the dismissals were decided based on complaints, denunciations and investigations, as well as the fact some had used communication programs used by the members of the organization. Testimonies of confessing prosecutors and judges also led to a number of the dismissals.
The ruling stated that those dismissed had engaged in illegal wiretapping against ministers, governors, district governors, police chiefs, army personnel, academics, NGO executives, and businessmen.