Turkey dismisses over 2,000 policemen for ties with Gulen network

11:26 AM | 17 Aug, 2016
Turkey dismisses over 2,000 policemen for ties with Gulen network
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ANKARA (News Desk) - Turkey on Wednesday issued two more presidential orders to dismiss more than 2,000 policemen and hundreds of military servicemen for having association with Fethullah Gulen - the Turkish cleric blamed for July 15's failed coup.

The decrees have been published in the official gazette of Turkey. One of them also announced the immediate closure of TIB telecoms authority. Under the orders, several members of BTK communication technology authority were also dismissed from the service.

According to government officials, the decrees have been issued under the emergency order which was enforced in the country on July 21. President Erdogan is also set to announce the new head of the armed forces.

Since the failed military coup, the Turkish government has so far arrested and dismissed thousands of military personnel and academicians. Hundreds of private schools which were allegedly being run by Gulen movement were also shut down by the authorities.

The latest orders included dismissals of total 2,360 police officers, more than 100 military personnel and 196 staff members in the BTK technology authority.