Turkey 85 generals, admirals charged in coup attempt

The broad crackdown and calls to reinstate the death penalty for plotters have drawn appeals from Western allies for Ankara to uphold the rule of law in the country, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member bordering the chaos of Syria whose cooperation in the fight against Islamic State is crucial to Washington.

Legislators in the 550-member parliament on Thursday voted 356-115 to approve a three-month state of emergency across Turkey.

Domestic and global groups have condemned the crackdown against media outlets in the aftermath of the attempted coup.

In a bid to calm markets roiled by the coup attempt and the instability it revealed, Turkey's central bank cut a key interest rate to shore up liquidity in the economy.

Following a National Security Council meeting in Ankara that began at about 1 p.m., Erdogan will also gather with ruling AK Party government ministers as well as the full cabinet in a series of meetings that could last several hours.

Mr. Erdogan, who broke down into tears at the funeral of one of his supporters, moved first against the army, where 6,000 allegedly pro-coup soldiers have been arrested and await charges. Before flying from Istanbul, his hometown and political stronghold, the president told the nation that the government would soon announce "an important decision".

"Nearly every day we are seeing new measures that flout the rule of law and that disregard the principle of proportionality", German government spokesman Steffen Seibert told reporters.

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Turkey's state-run news agency says courts have ordered 85 generals and admirals jailed pending trial over their roles in a botched coup attempt.

Meanwhile, Turkey's High Board of Education has banned all academics from travelling overseas until further notice, state-run broadcaster TRT reported yesterday. Some were released after they were cleared of suspicion.

The agency said the schools are linked to Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania and has denied accusations that he engineered the coup attempt that was quashed by security forces and protesters loyal to the government.

"The Anti-Terror Law and the Penal Code have both been used to prosecute journalists, writers, editors, publishers, translators, civil/political rights activists, lawyers, elected officials and students for exercising their right to freedom of expression".

Hundreds more have been suspended from the Prime Minister's office and government bodies dealing with religious affairs, family and social policy and development have been suspended.

The purge has now encompassed 50,000 people.

More than 9,000 people are now in detention and are under investigation over the coup, according to Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus.

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Announcements of the latest purges came via a series of rapid-fire bulletins on Tuesday.

Addressing hundreds of supporters outside his Istanbul residence in the early hours of Tuesday, Erdogan responded to calls for the reintroduction of the death penalty with the simple statement: "You can not put aside the people's demands".

Trudeau said Wednesday he is preoccupied about the state of Turkey's democracy, and that has been communicated to the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"A lot of people have been arrested and arrested very quickly", he added.

The cleric has denied any involvement in the coup attempt.

Many say they want the coup leaders hanged and Turkey united.

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Simsek said that "standards of the European Court of Human Rights will be upheld", but didn't elaborate. A senior Turkish official declined to comment on the measures as the meeting was getting under way.

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