Turkey sacks deputy head of TMSF state fund in post-coup purge

23 Jan 2017 14:06


Turkey has sacked a deputy head of the TMSF state fund and sealed off two local television stations as Ankara intensifies a crackdown following a failed coup attempt last year.

Reuters cited the Official Gazette, the Turkish government’s official journal, as saying that the dismissal of Zulfukar Sukru Kanberoglu, of the TMSF fund, which runs seized firms, came after a decree issued on Monday.

Three other decrees also ordered the dismissal of some ۳۶۶ other people from state institutions while reinstated ۱۲۴ civil servants.

According to the report, they were sacked for being part of or connected to “terrorist” groups or groups that worked against national security. Ankara often uses the term terrorist group or organization to refer to the group of individuals who support US-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen.

The report did not clarify who or what government institution had issued the decrees.

On Saturday, Turkish prosecutors issued arrest warrants for more than ۴۰۰ people, including soldiers and security officers, over alleged affiliation to the network of Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of having orchestrated the failed military coup.


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