Purge victim teacher denied right to inherit late father’s estate: report

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Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, deputy, in parliament.

Kemal Gökçe, a former teacher who was dismissed on allegations of terrorism from his job after a 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, was denied his claim to inherit his late father’s estate, according to a Turkish deputy, the Artı Gerçek news website reported.

Gökçe went to a local Directorate of Land Registry branch to ascertain his situation after his father died and learned that there was a restriction on his name due to an investigation pending for more than three years.

The investigation has not yet produced a legal case, Gökçe told Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, a deputy from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP).

“I would understand if there was a restriction on my personal estate. But this is a violation of my right of succession as stipulated in the constitution,” Gökçe said.

Turkey has dismissed more than 130,000 public servants, including academics, doctors and teachers, in the aftermath of the 2016 failed coup.

Gergerlioğlu submitted a parliamentary question directed to Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay asking whether the inheritance would be allowed to proceed or not.

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