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Turkish Court of Accounts dismisses 108 personnel over failed coup attempt

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A total of 108 civil servants were dismissed from the Turkish Court of Accounts allegedly due to having links to July 15 failed coup attempt, which was followed by a series of purges by the government.

The dismissed civil servants include Tuğba Kılıç, daughter of  former chief justice Haşim Kılıç who is critical of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government and Turkish Union of Judges and Prosecutors (YARSAV) head Murat Arslan.

A group of rebel soldiers, acting out of chain of command, attempted a military coup at around 10 p.m. last Friday, with tanks rolling onto the streets of Ankara and İstanbul and soldiers blocking the Bosphorus Bridge and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. The military’s claim of a takeover was announced by the state broadcaster TRT after rebel soldiers raided its building. The anchorwoman said the military imposed martial law and declared a curfew until further notice.

Hundreds of people, including civilians, were killed in clashes between police and rebel soldiers overnight. The Parliament, the presidential palace and the National Intelligence Organization (MİT) headquarters were struck by military helicopters.

The Turkish government managed to suppressed the coup attempt and launched a large-scale crackdown across the country on media, public servants, judges, prosecutors and teachers, along with rebels within the army.

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