Turkey: new Erdogan purge, 96 magistrates removed

Other 470 police officials have been reassigned

22 January, 14:23

    Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan Turkish premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan

    (ANSAmed) - ANKARA - A fresh judicial "purge" in Turkey, where the government of Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been weakened by a sweeping corruption scandal, has led to the removal of 96 judges and prosecutors, according to local press reports on Wednesday.
    It is the most significant crackdown on the judiciary in the history of the Turkish republic founded in 1923 by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk over the ruins of the Ottoman empire, according to Zaman. Some other 470 police officials have been reassigned.
    Ever since the beginning of the corruption scandal, Erdogan removed 3,000 police chiefs and officials and another 20 prosecutors including those in charge of the anti-corruption probe.
    The opposition has accused Erdogan of trying to shut down investigations involving dozens of people close to the Islamic government. According to opposition leader Kemal Kilidaroglu, the premier is 'ready to do anything' to stop investigations and hold on to power.(ANSAmed).

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