Turkey seeks arrest of 189 judges and prosecutors

Nearly 200 judges and prosecutors are the targets of the latest round of Turkish arrest warrants, as a crackdown continues three months after a failed coup.

In all, 189 people face arrest.

The judiciary members are accused of using ByLock, a messaging application the government claims was used by members of the movement of Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Turkish preacher accused of orchestrating the coup attempt. He denies the charges.

Also, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported that 2,400 additional teachers were suspended from duties. The ministry of education has been hard-hit by suspensions following the coup.

More than 30,000 people have been arrested and formally arraigned since the July 15 attempt by a faction within the military. More than 50,000 civil servants have lost their jobs and tens of thousands more are suspended.

Critics of the purges, being carried out under a state of emergency, say they have caught up innocents and ignore due process.

Last update: Fri, 14/10/2016 - 13:33
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