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Over 100 judges and lawyers sacked in Turkey purge

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A further 107 judges and lawyers have been sacked in Turkey as the government pursues its purge of officials seen as linked to an attempted coup last year, state-run media reported.

State prosecutors have demanded the arrest of the suspects, Anadolu news agency reported, quoting the supreme board of judges and prosecutors.

Some 4,238 judges and lawyers - a third of the total number in the country - have been sacked since the failed coup in July, which the government has blamed on a US-based preacher and former Erdogan ally, Fethullah Gulen.

A total of 47,000 suspects are being investigated and over 100,000 civil servants have been fired as part of the wide-ranging probe into his alleged supporters. Gulen denies any involvement in the coup.

- dpa

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