Turkish police suggested to use ‘German model’ to identify sympathisers of Gülen movement

The Turkish National Police Academy has published a new report that offers a comprehensive road map to fight against the alleged members of the Gülen movement.

According to a report by pro-government Daily Sabah daily, prosecutors, judges, police academy academics, financiers and undersecretaries were recommended methods, including the “German model,” to identify the members of the Gülen movement.

“The most important issue regarding the execution of the legal actions is the identification of the members of the Gülen movement. Germany, for example, made an amendment in legislation when it began to experience difficulties in identifying separatist suspects and prepared the Social Examination Report,” the report said according to the daily.

Turkey survived a controversial military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.

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. (turkeypurge.com)

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