Gov’t presses ahead with further purges in police, removes 16 chiefs

ISTANBUL (CIHAN)- As part of the ongoing purge of police chiefs and officers, 16 Turkish police chiefs were removed from their posts on Wednesday to be reassigned to different positions.

The removed chiefs had been posted to the cities of Afyonkarahisar, AIrI, Amasya, Ardahan, Bingl, Burdur, ankIrI, orum, Duzce, GumuIhane, Isparta, Kayseri, KIrIehir, Malatya, Rize and Sinop.

The purge is the latest in a series of crackdowns on police officers as the government struggles to contain a corruption scandal which became public on Dec. 17.

Since then, the Turkish authorities have purged large numbers of police chiefs and officers in an effort to evade legal proceedings against members of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan’s inner circle, a number of former government ministers and their sons and others implicated in the scandal.

SOURCE: CIHAN

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