Two new statutory decrees released, nearly 3,000 more Gülenists dismissed

DAILY SABAH
ISTANBUL
Published 17.08.2016 17:11
Updated 17.08.2016 21:04

Two new statutory decrees have been released as part of measures against the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) during the state of emergency. According to the new decrees, nearly 3,000 public servants have been dismissed from their duties. As part of the dismissals, 196 personnel have been dismissed from the civil service, 112 personnel from the Turkish Armed Forces, 24 from the Turkish Coast Guard Command and 2,360 personnel from Police Headquarters.

In addition, the president will be able to appoint the chief of general staff. The Council of Ministers will propose candidates for the position to the president.

According to the statutory decree, suspects who cheated on the Civil Service Recruitment Exam (KPSS) in 2010 will be discharged from their posts, while others who passed the exam on merit will be protected. Those who cheated on the exam will have to repay their six years of wages as well. In March 2015, police detained scores of people as part of the probe into the KPSS cheating scandal. In May 2016, an Ankara court remanded in custody 82 of the 88 suspects in the case.

38,000 inmates to be released

The statutory decrees introduce measures including the release of inmates who have displayed good behavior and who have two years or less to serve in their prison terms. People convicted of murder, domestic violence, sexual abuse, terrorism or crimes against the state are excluded from being released. Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ said on his Twitter account yesterday that the measure will lead to the release of some 38,000 convicts. He insisted it is not a pardon or an amnesty but a conditional release of prisoners. "The regulation is for crimes committed before July 2016. Crimes committed after July 1, 2016 are outside its scope," Bozdağ said, adding, "As a result of this regulation, approximately 38,000 people will be released from closed and open prisons in the first stage."

According to officials, over 35,000 people have been detained since the coup attempt, and nearly 11,600 of them have since been released.

Releasing convicts not linked to the coup will make room for alleged coup plotters who face trials and heavy sentences.

Telecommunication body shut down

The government has shut down the Presidency of Telecommunication and Communication (TİB) with a statutory decree as well.

On Monday, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said, "TİB's powers, responsibilities, staff and its whole technical possibilities will be transferred to the Information and Communication Technologies Authority."

TİB was supposed to be an independent regulatory body, but according to officials, the institution had become "a mole hole" in the hands of FETÖ members.

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