President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has now fired thousands of teachers, police, judges, journalists and has detained 9,400 people, mostly military personnel.
The president imposed a three-month state of emergency yesterday after declaring the supporters of the weekend’s failed coup a “threat to democracy, to the rule of law and to the rights and freedoms of the citizens in our country”.
Turkey’s broadcasting authority has cancelled the media licenses of more than 20 radio and television broadcasters allegedly linked to man Mr Erdogan accuses of fomenting the coup, the exiled moderate cleric Fethullah Gülen. It is believed more than 50,000 judges, teachers, academics, police and military personnel have been fired or suspended, on top of the nearly 10,000 people detained. There is growing alarm that the sweeping purge is simply a witchhunt orchestrated by Mr Edrogan to tighten his authoritarian control of the country and undermine civil unrest and dissent.
Mr Zeid Ra’ad al Hussein, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, has express “serious alarm” about the heavyhanded actions, urging the government to not to ignore the people’s human rights as they respond to the coup.
22 bodies found on dinghy in the Mediterranean
Toxic fumes from leaking fuel are believed responsible for the death of 22 people on a dinghy discovered drifting off the coast of Libya. The 200 survivors rescued from the boat were among 2000 saved in the western Mediterranean on Wednesday by the Spanish and Italian navies and three boats financed by the humanitarian agency Medecins Sans Frontieres. The cause of death is unclear, but a spokesperson from MSF told Reuters it was possible “water and fuel mixed together and the fumes might have been enough for them to lose consciousness.”
Australian man pleads guilty to child sex charges
Melbourne man Michael Quinn, 33, has pleaded guilty in a Los Angeles district court to travelling to the US to have sex with a six-year-old boy. Quinn was arrested at a Los Angeles hotel in May after falling for a sting set up by undercover child protection officers in the US. He thought he had negotiated with likeminded people to procure a child he could have sex with. Quinn admitted that he travelled to Los Angeles and hoped to “meet up with a dad who shares his young ones”. The investigation began in May this year after undercover agents made contact with Quinn on a website that caters to paedophiles.
US sues fund linked to Malaysian PM for $US1 billion
US federal prosecutors have gone to court to seize more than $US1 billion ($A1.33 billion) in assets allegedly stolen from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund that was was overseen by Prime Minister Najib Razak. None of the US lawsuits name Mr Najib but their detail implies the PM was involved. Mr Najib has been the subject of accusations that misappropriated funds have been transferred to his personal bank accounts but the Malaysian attorney-general has said the accounts contained political donations from the Saudi royal family. – Compiled from web sources by Samantha Besgrove and Zabrina Potestas
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