Turkish Sports Ministry suspends 245 personnel

Hundreds accused of having links to last Friday's coup attempt

Turkish Sports Ministry suspends 245 personnel

World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkey’s Ministry of Youth and Sports has suspended 245 personnel on Wednesday amid a nationwide move against those suspected of having links to last Friday's military coup attempt. 

Speaking during a live TV program, Minister Akif Kilic said that over 2,000 people had been previously relieved of duty as part of a "parallel state probe".

"Today, we have suspended 245 more people," he said. 

The moves come after last Friday’s coup attempt, during which around 240 people were martyred and nearly 1,500 others injured.

The attempted coup has led to a wave of arrests and suspensions in the military, the judicial, the police and civil service institutions.

The government has said the plot was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen, who is accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through supporters within Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary, forming the parallel state. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Temmuz 2016, 13:25