Turkey’s Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) has suspended seven judges and prosecutors due to alleged links to the faith-based Gülen movement, the Diken news portal reported on Wednesday.
The judges and prosecutors are accused of using of a smart phone application known as ByLock, which authorities believe is a communication tool between members of the faith-based Gülen movement.
The suspended judges and prosecutors had been assigned to Ankara, Bursa, Karabük, Kırşehir, Çorum, Konya and Erzurum provinces.
It has emerged that the judge suspended in Kırşehir, identified by the initials F.M.A., was on Wednesday morning hearing the trial of a person who had been arrested over Gülen links.
F.M.A. reportedly left the courtroom after hearing the news about their suspension, and another judge continued the session.