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Ankara pressures Berlin to extradite prosecutors after failed coup

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By Euronews
Ankara pressures Berlin to extradite prosecutors after failed coup

There are further repercussions after Turkey’s failed coup. It is understood that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now wants the armed forces and national intelligence agency brought under the control of the presidency.

Nearly 1,700 military personnel have received dishonorable discharges over their alleged role in the coup attempt.

Turkey accuses US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the coup.

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu says hundreds of staff in his ministry have links to Gulen and 88 have been dismissed.

Berlin is also under pressure to extradite prosecutors said to have connections and fled to Germany.

Turkey’s suspended or placed under investigation tens of thousands of Gulen’s suspected followers.

Universities, schools and media outlets have also been closed down.

Western governments and human rights groups condemn the coup attempt, which left almost 250 people dead.

But there is also disquiet over the subsequent purges, amid fears that Erdogan maybe trying to get rid of opponents and target his grip on power.