Turkish court acquits purged teacher 3 months after he dies at construction site in work-related accident

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Kazım Kurnaz (R) is seen with his co-workers at the construction site. PHOTO: MedyaBold

A Turkish appeals court on Tuesday acquitted a purge victim teacher who died three months ago while working at a construction site, the tr724 news website reported.

Kazım Kurnaz, 35, was sacked by the Turkish government from his position at a public school for alleged ties to a terrorist group during a two-year-long state of emergency declared after a failed coup in 2016.

Many purged public servants have been struggling to find jobs in the private sector because of the label of “terrorism” they were branded with in the government decrees, according to an Amnesty International report titled “Purged beyond return? No remedy for Turkey’s dismissed public sector workers.”

Kurnaz had been working at a construction site when he died in a work-related accident on Feb. 1.

The court’s decision of acquittal was based on a “lack of concrete evidence” of his affiliation with any terrorist group.

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