Turkey’s top judicial board suspends 2,745 judges

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s top judicial board has suspended 2,745 judges, including 541 court of first instance judges and 2,204 judicial court judges, over Friday’s attempted coup.

The Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK) also decided to terminate the membership of five of its members after the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office’s decision to detain them. Four have been remanded into custody.

Forty-eight members of the Council of State linked to the FETO/PDY terrorist organization were also remanded into custody, and out of 140 Court of Appeal members detained who were linked to the FETO/PDY, 11 were remanded Saturday.

Friday night saw military elements make a “vile” attempt to overthrow Turkey’s elected government, according to Prime Minister Binali Yildirim. Around 160 people were martyred in the ensuing violence.

Some 2,839 military personnel involved in the coup attempt have been arrested, and 20 pro-coup soldiers, including some senior officers, were killed in Friday night’s attempt to overthrow the government.