Emer­gency rule com­mis­sion re­in­states 3,000 jobs

Since it be­came op­er­a­tional last De­cem­ber, the emer­gency rule com­mis­sion re­in­stated 3,000 peo­ple to their jobs while re­ject­ing 39,000 ap­pli­ca­tions

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

THE com­mis­sion, estab­lished to re­view gov­ern­men­tal de­ci­sions made by de­cree dur­ing the emer­gency rule af­ter the 2016 coup at­tempt, de­cided to re­in­state 3,000 peo­ple to their pre­vi­ous state jobs while re­ject­ing 39,000 other ap­pli­ca­tions.

THE COM­MIS­SION estab­lished to re­view the gov­ern­men­tal de­crees is­sued as part of the fight against ter­ror­ist groups, in­clud­ing the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) and the PKK, af­ter the failed July 15, 2016 coup said Fri­day that 3,000 peo­ple had re­turned to their jobs. The State of Emer­gency Ac­tions As­sess­ment Com­mis­sion was estab­lished to ex­am­ine the ex­ec­u­tive de­ci­sions made by the gov­ern­ment through de­crees dur­ing the emer­gency rule in­sti­tuted af­ter the coup at­tempt.

Gov­ern­men­tal de­crees fired peo­ple linked to ter­ror­ist groups, and the com­mis­sion was set up to re­view ob­jec­tions raised by those who lost their jobs, state schol­ar­ships or pro­mo­tions.

The com­mis­sion, which has 80 rap­por­teurs and a to­tal of 250 per­son­nel, receives ap­pli­ca­tions both by hand and via the in­ter­net and as­sesses the ap­pli­ca­tions by ex­am­in­ing court find­ings, state ar­chives and other rel­e­vant re­sources. Through de­crees, 125,678 civil ser­vants lost their jobs.

It was re­ported that as of Fri­day, Nov. 9, the com­mis­sion had re­ceived 125,000 ap­pli­ca­tions, with it con­clud­ing 42,000 since it started the re­view process on Dec. 22, 2017. Three thou­sand peo­ple have been al­lowed to re­turn to their jobs, while the com­mis­sion re­jected 39,000 ap­pli­ca­tions. The num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions re­viewed per week is said to be around 1,200. Re­jected ap­pli­cants have the right to ap­peal within 60 days.

The coup at­tempt was led by mil­i­tary of­fi­cers linked to FETÖ, which had ex­panded its clout in Turkey over the past three decades. It is known for its wide net­work of in­fil­tra­tors in law en­force­ment, the mil­i­tary, ju­di­ciary and bu­reau­cracy. Through its in­fil­tra­tors in the po­lice and ju­di­ciary, it first tried to top­ple the gov­ern­ment in 2013 by im­pli­cat­ing peo­ple close to the gov­ern­ment in an anti-graft probe with trumped-up ev­i­dence and false charges. Then, on July 15, 2016, weeks be­fore a coun­cil would de­cide on the fate of FETÖ-linked of­fi­cers, it tried to seize power with its in­fil­tra­tors in the mil­i­tary.

An un­prece­dented pub­lic re­sis­tance helped anti-coup po­lice and troops fight back, but the putschists killed 250 peo­ple and wounded thou­sands of oth­ers in na­tion­wide at­tacks - from the bomb­ing of the pres­i­den­tial com­plex to as­sault on a group of un­armed civil­ians who had gath­ered on an Is­tan­bul bridge to con­front the putschists in the area.

Since the coup at­tempt was quelled, Turkey has de­tained tens of thou­sands linked to the at­tempt and hun­dreds are on trial for their di­rect in­volve­ment. Most tri­als are ex­pected to wrap up by the end of this year.

The Jus­tice Min­istry re­cently an­nounced that there were 32,370 peo­ple be­ing held and in­car­cer­ated in FETÖ cases, with 289 tri­als di­rectly re­lated to the coup at­tempt. Some 203 tri­als have al­ready been con­cluded. A to­tal of 2,619 peo­ple have been found guilty, and 1,760 have been sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment in coup tri­als held across the coun­try so far.

A to­tal of 803 of the ac­cused, in­clud­ing a gen­eral, and com­mis­sioned and non­com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers, were sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment with­out the pos­si­bil­ity of pa­role. Some 957 oth­ers were sen­tenced to life im­pris­on­ment, with 859 sen­tenced to pri­son terms rang­ing from one year and two months to 20 years.

The gov­ern­ment an­nounced a state of emer­gency af­ter the July 15, 2016 coup at­tempt by FETÖ-linked of­fi­cers. Of the 42,000 ap­pli­ca­tions by those who were fired for links to ter­ror­ist groups, the emer­gency rule com­mis­sion granted 3,000 the right to re­turn to their pre­vi­ous jobs.

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