Turkey

Turkey's national police dismiss 12,801 people

Out of 12,801 personnel dismissed by Security General Directorate for suspected FETO links, 2,523 are ranking officers

04.10.2016
Turkey's national police dismiss 12,801 people

ANKARA

A total of 12,801 personnel have been dismissed from their posts for suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), Turkey's Security General Directorate said early Tuesday.

According to a statement issued on the directorate website, out of 12,801 personnel dismissed, 2,543 are ranking officers.

Meanwhile, the Turkish Interior Ministry have dismissed a total of 37 personnel, the ministry sources have said.

The sources who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said that the personnel had also been dismissed due to their links to FETO.

The Turkish government has said FETO was responsible for the deadly July 15 coup attempt. At least 241 people were martyred in the coup attempt, which the government has said was organized by followers of Fetullah Gulen, the leader of FETO.

Gulen is accused of leading a long-running campaign to overthrow the Turkish government through the infiltration of state institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.

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