Turkish Ministry Fires Judges and Prosecutors

     ANKARA, Turkey (AP) —Turkey’s state-run news agency said Wednesday that the country’s defense ministry has sacked at least 262 military court judges and prosecutors.
     Anadolu also said an investigation was launched Wednesday on all military judges and prosecutors as Turkish authorities continued with a crackdown on people suspected of backing a failed military coup, which the government has blamed on a U.S.-based cleric
     The government has already sacked tens thousands of judiciary officials, public servants and teachers as part of the crackdown.
     The news agency also reported Istanbul’s Eyup district municipality is demolishing a hotel that was allegedly the meeting point of the plotters who planned Friday’s failed coup.
     The directive to demolish the Halit Pasa Residence was issued on July 18, three days after the failed coup, and approved by the mayor.
     The current building and restaurant had been constructed in 1992 on the site of a historic residence but was reportedly built in violation of planning laws. It had been subject to fines and demolition orders since 1993.
     Eyup Mayor Remzi Aydin announced they will continue to take action regarding illegal structures in the district.

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