Turkey removes around 800 more police officers

Posted: February 3, 2014 in Current Affairs, World Affairs
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The government sacked or reassigned around 800 police officers on Jan. 30, as it pressed on with a purge of the country’s police force in response to the ongoing high-level graft probe.

Senior officers were among those removed from their posts in the latest wave of sackings in the capital Ankara and the western port of Izmir, according to reports.

More than 500 police officers were removed in Ankara and another 274 in Izmir.

Since the graft scandal erupted in mid-December, dozens of prosecutors, including senior lawyers involved in the investigations into alleged money laundering, gold smuggling and bribery, have also been sacked.

The probe highlighted the deepening conflict between the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and the movement of U.S.-based Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen, whose followers are said to hold key positions inside the secret services, police and judiciary and are believed to be behind the investigation.

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