6 civil servants jailed in Antalya over alleged Gülen links

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Six of 36 civil servants who were recently detained in the Alanya district of southern Antalya province as part of an ongoing witch-hunt against the Gülen movement were arrested on Sunday.

 

Police took into custody 36 people who work at various public institutions in Alanya on Sept. 7.

 

Thirty of the detainees were released on judicial probation, while six of them were put behind bars on Sunday.

 

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

 

Despite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen and the movement having denied the accusation and calling for an international investigation, Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government launched a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

 

The government has to date detained more than 40,000 people and arrested around 24,000 on coup charges.

 

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