Police officer commits suicide after being suspended under coup probe

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İbrahim Eski, a 31-year-old police officer who was suspended from his job due to alleged links to the Gülen movement, committed suicide on Tuesday.

Eski’s relatives, who had not heard from Eski, broke into his house in Sakarya province and found his body.

According to media reports, Eski, father of two, was supposed to be reinstated to his job in early October.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants following the coup attempt.

Nearly 40 people who or whose relatives have been affected by the post-coup purge, either by losing their jobs or by being arrested, due to their alleged links to the movement, have committed suicide so far. (Turkey Purge)

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