If I do not launch this investigation, they will call me pro-FETÖ. If I do, one day jurists will call me a coward,” main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Eren Erdem tweeted on Tuesday in reference to a recent conversation with a prosecutor.
Erdem said the prosecutor is still in charge.
“FETÖ” is a derogatory term coined by the Turkish government to describe the Gülen movement as a terrorist network without any court ruling to that effect.
More than 3,500 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed over alleged links to the movement since a July 15 coup attempt in Turkey.
Turkey has detained over 80,000 people and arrested more than 36,000 over their alleged links to the Gülen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt.
Critics often criticize the government for using post-coup emergency rule to eradicate any dissenting voices from within state institutions and even from among the public. (Turkey Purge)