Turkey: Turkey keeps 287 lawyers under arrest as part of post-coup purge

January 22, 2017

Turkey keeps 287 lawyers under arrest as part of post-coup purge

At least 287 lawyers are currently under arrest while detention warrants have been issued for 708 attorneys since a failed coup attempt on July 15.

According to data provided by @ Av_EvrenSEL Twitter account, Turkish government has arrested 287 lawyers since July 15.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by US-based Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen. The movement denies the accusations.

More than 123,000 have lost their jobs, nearly 88,000 detained and some 43,000 arrested since the coup attempt.



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