Turkey: HSYK Reshuffles 1,035 Judges And Prosecutors Across Turkey

May 9, 2017

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has decided to reshuffle 1,035 judges and prosecutors on Tuesday following Friday’s mass purge in the judiciary. According to a written statement issued on the website of the HSYK, 10 administrative officers have also been reshuffled.

A total of 4,238 judges and prosecutors have been dismissed and thousands have been replaced since failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, according to the HSYK.

On Friday, the HSYK dismissed 107  judges and prosecutors over their alleged links to Gülen movement.

In May 2016, Turkey’s Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ announced that the total number of judges and prosecutors in Turkey was 14,661. Bozdağ on Aug. 17 also announced a government plan to name 8,000 new judges and prosecutors by the end of 2016.

The government has been criticized for using the coup attempt as an excuse to purge judges and prosecutors and replace them with names close to the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.







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