Turkey Dismissed 1984 Soldiers And Dozens of Media Outlets Shut Down Accused of Gülenist Links
The Turkish Military Force (TSK) dismissed 1984 soldiers, including the masterminds of the failed coup attempt, General Akın Öztürk who links to the Gülenist Organization. And 87 of them who have been dismissed where generals.
Turkish prime minister says ‘investigation is continuing’ as 1,700 officers discharged from military and dozens of media outlets shut down.Prime minister Binali Yılırm said: “The investigation is continuing there are people who are being searched for. There could be new apprehensions, arrests and detentions. The process is not completed yet.”
Energy minister Berat Albayrak, who is the son-in-law of president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said Turkish authorities had been planning a major purge of the military and other institutions to remove Gülen-linked elements before the coup attempt. His comments suggested that elements of the military launched the coup attempt because they knew they were about to be purged.
“They were going to take really important steps to remove Gülenist officers and generals from the armed forces. We were already working on this,” said Albayrak, who was with Erdoğan on the coup night.
A large-scale shake-up of the Turkish armed forces is expected to be announced when the country’s supreme military council meets on Thursday.
More than 10,000 soldiers and around half of the 358 generals have been detained, leaving gaping holes in the command structure to be filled.The Turkish government has also issued arrest warrants for 47 former staff of the Zaman newspaper, which supported Gülen and is suspected of links to the cleric. One official said the swoop covered “executives and some staff, including columnists”, describing Zaman as the “flagship media organisation” of the Gülen led movement.
In March, Zaman and its English-language sister newspaper Today’s Zaman were taken over by state-appointed administrators and it has since taken a strongly pro-government line. Several former staff are believed to have since left Turkey.
The official said the arrest warrants were not related to what individual columnists had previously said or written. However, “prominent employees of Zaman are likely to have intimate knowledge of the Gülen network and as such could benefit the investigation”, he added.