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Turkey in new mass purge as MPs debate judicial reforms

Published on Jan 22, 2014 8:49 PM
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Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a meeting in Istanbul on Jan 17, 2014. Turkey launched a mass new purge of the police and judiciary on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014, as parliament debates controversial reforms that have heightened the crisis engulfing Mr Erdogan. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

ISTANBUL (AFP) - Turkey launched a mass new purge of the police and judiciary on Wednesday as parliament debates controversial reforms that have heightened the crisis engulfing Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Around 470 police were sacked or reassigned in the capital Ankara, local media reported, in the latest fallout from a corruption scandal targeting several top politicians and business leaders including Erdogan allies.

In the western port city of Izmir, a dozen police chiefs were removed from their posts, Dogan news agency reported.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) had removed 96 judges and prosecutors from their jobs.

 
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