Turkey suspends more th
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