Turkey’s top judicial body appoints 3,940 judges, prosecutors

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Turkey’s Supreme Council of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has appointed 3,940 judges and prosecutors to judicial and administrative institutions following the dismissal of 3,659 judges and prosecutors over alleged links to a failed coup attempt.

According to a statement from the HSYK on Tuesday, 3,022 judges and prosecutors were appointed to civil and criminal justice institutions, while 918 judges and prosecutors were named to administrative bodies.

Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced in a statement on Nov. 10 that the HSYK had expelled 3,456 judges and prosecutors over links to the Gülen movement since the coup attempt.

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 government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Despite Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose views inspired the movement, and the movement having denied the accusation, 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.

About 115,000 people have been purged from state bodies, in excess of 80,000 detained and over 36,000 have been arrested since the coup attempt. Arrestees include journalists, judges, prosecutors, police and military officers, academics, governors and even a comedian. Critics argue that lists of Gülen sympathizers were drawn up prior to the coup attempt.

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