12,800 po­lice officers sus­pended

China Daily (USA) - - WORLD -

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties on Tues­day sus­pended some 12,800 po­lice officers from duty over their sus­pected links to US-based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen as Turkey pressed ahead with its vast crack­down on a net­work it says is be­hind the coun­try’s July 15 failed mil­i­tary coup. In a brief state­ment posted on its web­site, the Turk­ish po­lice head­quar­ters said those sus­pended were al­legedly “in co­he­sion with or con­nected to” Gulen’s move­ment. It said 2,523 of them were po­lice chiefs. The move comes a day af­ter the Cabi­net ex­tended by a fur­ther 3 months a state of emer­gency de­clared af­ter the coup.

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