27-year-old dorm manager detained while visiting hospital for treatment in Turkey

Muhammed B., the former manager of an Alanya-based student dormitory that the government earlier shuttered over its allged links to the Gülen movement, was detained at a private hospital where he stopped by for treatment, media reported on Tuesday.

Muhammed B. had had an outstanding detention warrant for some time as part of an investigation into the movement. Alanya police raided a private hospital upon the information that Muhammed B. had jusat registered at the medical institution for treatment. The former manager was rounded up as soon as police were dispatched to the hospital, and put in pre-trial arrest by a local court in charge later in the day.

Turkey survived a controversial coup attempt on July 15 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

Fethullah Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.

Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15. Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup. (SCF with turkeypurge.com) July 26, 2017

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