Turkey has issued arrest warrants for 23 judges and prosecutors who are accused of belonging to a terrorist organization.
The news comes after a further 4,238 judges and prosecutors were sacked for alleged Gulen links since the failed July 15 coup last year, which resulted in Erdogan declaring a state of emergency in the country and vowing to prosecute judges, journalists and activists who criticized his regime.
Since the failed coup, Erdogan has been granted expanded powers following a referendum in April, which critics say have made him a tyrannical leader hell-bent on destroying those who dare to criticize him.
Dailystar.com.lb reports: Anadolu news agency said Saturday the warrants were issued for 17 judges and six prosecutors for “membership in an armed terror organization.”
They are suspected of being followers of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who the government says is behind the July 15 coup attempt.
Gulen denies involvement in the coup.
Two judges were detained while working.
The suspects are among the 107 judges and prosecutors dismissed from public service Friday.
Since the declaration of a state of emergency last summer, more than 4,200 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed, an estimated 100,000 sacked from other public posts and more than 47,000 people arrested.