Turkey Dismisses Almost 9000 Officials After Failed Coup: Ministry

Earlier, government and military officials had put the fatalities in the anti-government camp at 104.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim's office on Monday canceled all public servants' leave and asked employees now on vacation to return to their duties.

French foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault condemned the failed coup in Turkey, saying that a military coup was not acceptable. She noted that countries with the death penalty can not join the European Union, as Turkey has sought to do. No other member of the Council of Europe has the death penalty, and the Turkish government should resist all populist demands for its reintroduction.

Western leaders have urged Turkey to follow the rule of law in the wake of the coup bid, with the massive retaliatory purge adding to concerns about human rights and democracy in the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member state.

Secretary of State John Kerry said on Monday at an European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels the U.S. was quick to respond to the coup attempt.

At the same time, Mr. Seibert said the coup would not impact the deal between the European Union and Turkey to stem the arrival of migrants by sea.

Kerry added that Turkey must "uphold the highest standards for the country's democratic institutions and the rule of law".

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that Turkey might reinstate capital punishment, which was abolished in 2004.

Johannes Hahn said Monday it appears Turkey's government "prepared" arrest lists before the weekend coup attempt and had been waiting for the right moment.

"He will use that opportunity to widen the crackdown against opponents, against state institutions and ultimately attempt to railroad Turkey into a more presidential form of government", Hakura added, referring to constitutional changes Erdogan is pursuing.

The government moved swiftly in the wake of the coup to shore up its power and remove those perceived as enemies, detaining some 6,000 people including a number of generals. Arrest warrants were also issued for 250 judges and prosecutors, while 2,745 judges were dismissed from their posts over the weekend.

The Turkish interior ministry dismissed nearly 9,000 police officers on Monday as part of a purge of officials suspected of involvement in the coup attempt.

Also Monday, the Ankara governor's office announced that a military officer was detained after he shot and killed the driver of a vehicle that he hijacked.

Other media reports said police and military police officers and coast guards were also removed from duty.

Among those facing questioning this week is former Air Force commander Gen.

The general, who appeared to have several recent injuries, denied any involvement in the uprising.

He said he had told Turkey's foreign minister "to make certain that in whatever portfolio and request they send us, they send us evidence, not allegations". The specific reason for the prosecutors' appearances at the base Monday was unclear.

The purging of thousands of alleged plotters of a failed coup raised tensions Monday between Turkey and the West, with US and European officials urging restraint, while Ankara insisted that Washington extradite an exile accused of orchestrating the plot. The ministers will also be meeting for breakfast with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Soldiers involved in a coup attempt surrender on Bosphorus bridge on July 16, 2016, in Istanbul, Turkey. He says he was alarmed by the arrests of judges and calls for reinstatement of the death penalty against coup participants.

Warplanes patrolled Turkey's skies Monday in a sign that authorities feared that the threat against the government was not yet over.

In a statement released on Turkish television, men claiming to represent the military said the army had taken control of the country.

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