Turkish Police Detain University Rector In Diyarbakir

Turkish Police Detain University Rector In Diyarbakir

Turkish forces detained a university rector in Diyarbakir, the main city in southeastern Turkey, on Wednesday (July 20) as purges in the judiciary, military, civil service and education widen in the aftermath of a failed coup.

Jale Sarac, the rector at the Dicle University, was led out of the institution flanked by security officers and into a waiting vehicle.

Employees were told to leave the university building as security workers searched rooms and files, in a raid that started at 1500 (1200GMT) local time and lasted late into the evening.

Sarac has previously faced an investigation into her alleged ties to the movement of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who President Tayyip Erdogan blames for orchestrating the attempted military coup on Friday (July 15).

The government has announced a temporary ban on academics travelling abroad due to the risk that supporters of the abortive coup may try to flee the country.

On Tuesday (July 19) the High Education Board ordered the resignation of 1,577 Deans at both state and private universities in Turkey. Deans are in charge of faculties while rectors run the universities.