84 Arrest Warrants Issued for Academics in Turkey’s Post-Coup Crackdown

Turkey issued arrest warrants for 84 academics nationwide as a part of vast crackdown on alleged coup plotters who tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from power on the night of July 15. (Photo: Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace Press Office/Reuters)
Turkey issued arrest warrants for 84 academics nationwide as a part of vast crackdown on alleged coup plotters who tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from power on the night of July 15. (Photo: Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace Press Office/Reuters)

Turkey issued arrest warrants for 84 academics nationwide as a part of vast crackdown on alleged coup plotters who tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from power on the night of July 15. (Photo: Kayhan Ozer/Presidential Palace Press Office/Reuters)

ISTANBUL (Agence France-Presse)—Turkey on August 19 detained dozens of academics suspected of backing Fethullah Gülen, the alleged mastermind of last month’s failed coup attempt, while pressing ahead with raids on businesses linked to the U.S.-based Islamic scholar.

Prosecutors issued arrest warrants for 84 academics nationwide, Doğan News Agency reported, while the state-run Anadolu Agency said Istanbul authorities were separately hunting 62 academics working at Istanbul University.

Some 74 scholars have been detained so far in both operations, media said.

A large majority of the suspects in the nationwide raids were from Selçuk University in the Central Anatolian province of Konya, a conservative bastion of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), including the university’s former rector, Professor Hakkı Gökbel.

Turkey has pressed ahead with a vast crackdown on alleged coup plotters who tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from power on the night of July 15.

More than 40,000 state employees had been detained in the month since, with more than 20,000 arrested, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said this week.

He added that more than 5,000 civil servants have been dismissed and almost 80,000 others suspended.

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  1. Dr. Hermon Mihranian said:

    Erdogan is using the same policy as the Ottoman Empire has done with the Armenians in 1915.

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