TODAY’S – Purges at top scientific body continue

Purges at top scientific body continueThirty employees of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkeyand#39s (TuBITAK) Marmara Research Center (MAM) were fired in December, bringing the total of those purged in recent months from one of Turkeyand#39s top scientific bodies to 250.Employees working in the human resources, purchasing, customs clearance, cyber security and data processing departments were booted from their positions in the latest purges.

Turkish Union of Trade, Cooperative, Education, Office and Fine Arts Workers (Tez-Koop II) President aIdaI Duyar announced that those fired will pursue legal action, while main opposition Republican Peopleand#39s Party (CHP) deputy Mehmet Hilal Kaplan has said that the Ministry of Science, Industry and Technology is andldquomessing with the bread moneyandrdquo of those removed from their jobs at TuBITAK.Large-scale, sweeping purges that started in the police force and moved on to the judiciary after a major corruption scandal became public on Dec.

17, 2013 have also affected other institutions in Turkey. It had previously been reported that a drive to root out TuBITAK personnel who were thought to have links to the andquotparallel stateandquot — a term used among pro-government circles to refer to the faith-based Hizmet movement — had been launched on Science, Industry and Technology Minister Fikri IIIkand#39s orders and that those thought to have ties to the movement were being systematically removed from the centerFormer TuBITAK Research Center for Aanced Technologies on Informatics and Information Security (BILGEM) head Hasan Palaz was fired from his post on Feb.

21, 2014 for failing to obey an order from andldquoinfluential figuresandrdquo to change a report as part of an investigation into bugging devices found inside the office of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip ErdoIan in 2012.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman