April 4, 2017
Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) announced on April 3 that it temporarily dismissed a court board and a prosecutor, less than a week after they ordered the release of some 21 suspects in a case into the media structure of the Fethullahist Terror Organization (FETÖ), which is accused of orchestrating the July 2016 failed coup attempt.
HSYK Deputy Chair Mehmet Yılmaz told reporters that the Istanbul 25th Heavy Penal Court board head İbrahim Lorasdağı, its two members Barış Cömert and Necla Yeşil Yurt and prosecutor Göksel Turan were temporarily dismissed from their duties until an investigation into claims about them concluded.
“There are claims at the point of the fact that those releases are intentional, unlawful and did not comply with the truth,” Yılmaz said, adding that the final decision would be taken after HSYK inspectors finish their reports.
Meanwhile, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said the decision was taken on the board’s own discretion.
Over 4,000 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed since the attempted takeover on July 15, 2016, according to HSYK.