Six public officials suspended in Gülen probe

Six public officials suspended in Gülen probe

Six public officials suspended in Gülen probe

Turkey’s Interior Ministry on Oct. 27 suspended six public officials, including a deputy governor and district governors, from their duties as part of ongoing investigations against the Fethullahist Terrorist Organization (FETÖ), state-run Anadolu Agency has reported.

Among those suspended were the deputy governor of the eastern province of Van, the district governors of Alurca in the Black Sea province of Giresun, Ağın in the eastern province of Elazığ, Göynücek in the Black Sea province of Amasya and Samsat in the southeastern province of Adıyaman.

A district governor candidate from the northern province of Kastamonu was also suspended.

Meanwhile, an Ankara court has given life sentences to 25 people, including a former coast guard commander, over links to FETÖ.

The case charged a total of 28 suspects over incidents on the night of the July 15, 2016 coup attempt at a naval base in the Gölcük district of northwestern province of Kocaeli.

Ankara’s 17th High Criminal Court sentenced 25 suspects, including ex-Coast Guard Commander Hakan Üstem, to life sentences for violating the constitution.

The court also ordered the release of three privates.

Ankara accuses FETÖ and U.S.-based Islamic preacher Fetullah Gülen of orchestrating the coup attempt, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 injured.