Turkey's Finance Ministry Fires 1500 Employees After Failed Coup

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has said 232 individuals were killed during the failed coup attempt.

The state-run Anadolu news agency said a total of 8,777 employees attached to the ministry were dismissed, including 30 governors, 52 civil service inspectors and 16 legal advisers.

"Commenting on people's calls for the death penalty for coup plotters, Erdogan said: "'Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons, for years to come?' - that's what the people say".

"The numbers can change", he said. That included 190 citizens.

His comments follow those of the head of European Union foreign affairs Federica Mogeherini, who also said Turkey would be barred from joining the block if they reinstated capital punishment.

On Friday night, a group of rebel soldiers using tanks, attack helicopters and fighter jets attempted to topple Erdogan, strafing parliament and intelligence headquarters in Ankara while seizing a bridge and surrounding the airport in Istanbul. "The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage", Hahn said on Monday.

In a statement, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said the mass suspension or removal of judges was "cause for serious alarm".

Punishment against the coup plotters must not include "measures that could lead to an authoritarian state", French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault told journalists on Monday.

Erdogan has urged citizens to remain on the streets even after the defeat of the coup, in what the authorities describe as a "vigil" for democracy.

Turkey has formally requested the extradition of an exiled Muslim cleric from the United States, the Turkish prime minister said today.

Mogherini expressed concern about the possibility of other changes, noting that no country could join the European Union if it reintroduces the death penalty.

"Either way, if evidence is beginning to point to officers who were not followers of Gülen, this means that most of the people already arrested and purged were targeted only for their political beliefs, not because they had anything to do with the attempted coup", wrote Rubin.

Thousands of Turkish military and judicial officials have been arrested by state security forces as Ankara cracks down on opposition factions who masterminded a failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government over the weekend. "A hundred of them are police officers, 6,038 of them are soldiers of different ranks, 755 judges and prosecutors, and 650 civilians".

A court remanded 26 generals and admirals in custody yesterday, Turkish media said.

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