The state-run news agency in Turkey, Anadolu says detention orders have been issued for 53 more judges and prosecutors while 52 military officers have been rounded up for their alleged roles in the failed coup.
This report on Sunday, July 17, 2016 followed an intensive crackdown against the judiciary and the military in the wake of the botched coup Friday night against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, AP reports.
Officials say about 3,000 soldiers, including officers, are already in detention. Almost a similar number of judges and prosecutors have been dismissed following the coup, which appears to have boosted President Erdogan’s popularity.
Clapping, singing and dancing, thousands of government backers celebrated the defeat of the coup in public squares in Ankara and Istanbul into the wee hours Sunday, bolstering support for the man who’s led Turkey for over 13 years.