“The lists are available already after the event, this indicates that this was prepared to be used at a certain stage” stressed Johannes Hahn, EU Commissioner in charge of European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, while doorstepping to the EU Council, before the ministers of Foreign Affairs took their breakfast in Justus Lipsius building.
2,745 judges, equal number of prosecutors and 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers prosecutors were sacked and arrested, immediately after the failed Turkey coup attempt. EU Commission’s Hahn suggests that in order to do so, the Turkish government had all those lists ready.
Hahn was also asked on how concerned he is on the arrests of judges in Turkey, after the failed coup d’etat attempt. “We already stated that we expect that the follow up of this event should be along the International rule of law standards. What we see is that this is not yet met,” the Commissioner added.