Tur­key sus­pends more th

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURK­ISH au­thor­i­ties sus­pended more than 12,000 po­lice of­fi­cers over al­leged links to Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, ac­cused of mas­ter­mind­ing the July failed coup, po­lice said yes­ter­day.

Of the 12,801 sus­pended from duty as part of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the coup at­tempt, 2523 were po­lice chiefs, the po­lice au­thor­i­ties said. In total, Tur­key has around 270,000 po­lice of­fi­cers.

They were sus­pended over sus­pected links to the Gulen move­ment which Tur­key blames for the at­tempted putsch which tried to oust Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan from power.

Mr Gulen, who has lived in self­im­posed ex­ile in the United States

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