Turkey suspends nearly 8,000 police officers

    Turkey suspends nearly 8,000 police officers

    July 18, Ankara: Nearly 8,000 police officers have been suspended in Turkey, reportedly on suspicion of having links to the failed coup attempt at the weekend, officials have confirmed.

    Some 6,000 members of the judiciary and military, including generals, have been detained in connection with the coup.

    President Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed to purge state bodies of the "virus" that caused the revolt.

    The Turkish government claims cleric Fethullah Gulen was behind the plot. Gulen lives in the United States and strongly denies any involvement.

    The EU's foreign policy chief says the rule of law in Turkey needs protection.

    State media reported on Monday that more than 100 generals and admirals had been detained in raids across the country.

    According to the reports, eight Turkish military officers who fled to Greece by helicopter are appearing in court in the Greek border city of Alexandropouli charged with entering the country illegally.

    Capital punishment was abolished in 2004 as part of Turkey's bid to join the European Union. Nobody has been executed in the country since 1984.

    The Oslo Times International News Network


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