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Coup attempt: 543 more court officials sacked

A further 543 judges and prosecutors have been sacked in Turkey, bringing the number of dismissals since July’s failed coup to at least 3,288. The…

A further 543 judges and prosecutors have been sacked in Turkey, bringing the number of dismissals since July’s failed coup to at least 3,288.
The new dismissals were reported as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan celebrated the start of the new judicial year in Ankara.
He told an audience the purge would “enhance” the judiciary’s independence.
Meanwhile Turkey’s prime minister appeared to accuse EU states of backing the coup as he received a delegation.
At least 35,000 people have been detained for questioning since 15 July, over 3,000 of them judges or prosecutors.
Soldiers, police officers and journalists are also among those detained. Tens of thousands more have been dismissed from their jobs.
The government blames the coup on followers of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, a former ally of Mr Erdogan. He denies any involvement.

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