Turkey bans academics from going abroad after failed coup
July 20, Ankara: Turkey's higher education council has banned academics from leaving the country for academic purposes and urged those overseas to quickly return home, state media and a Turkish official said.
"It is a temporary measure that we were compelled to take due to flight risk of alleged accomplices of coup plotters in universities," a Turkish official, who asked to remain anonymous, according to media reports.
Officials said that: "Universities have always been crucial for military juntas in Turkey, and certain individuals are believed to be in contact with cells within the military."
The decision to restrict academics working for Turkish universities from travelling comes as the government engages in a widespread crackdown on bureaucrats suspected of being involved in last Friday's attempted coup. Thousands of people in the judiciary, police forces and military have been sacked or detained, Al Jazeera reported.
At least 290 people, including plotters, died after rebel soldiers attempted to overthrow the government on Friday night, bombing state buildings and killing civilians and security forces.
The Oslo Times International News Network