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Purge-victim doctor denied checking account by a Turkish bank

Turkey has dismissed some 140,000 civil servants, including police officers, teachers, academics and doctors, due to their alleged ties to terrorist organizations since the failed coup.

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Garanti BBVA, a financial services company based in Turkey, refused to open a checking account to a purge-victim medical doctor because he had been dismissed from his job by a government decree in the aftermath of a 2016 failed coup.

Pro-Kurdish HDP Deputy Ömer Faruk Gergerlioğlu, the doctor, whose name was not disclosed in the report, was also refused an account by the bank’s upper management and Turkey’s Banking Regulation and Supervision Agency (BDDK) despite the fact that the private hospital by which he had recently been employed had an agreement with the bank.

Turkey has dismissed some 140,000 civil servants, including police officers, teachers, academics and doctors, due to their alleged ties to terrorist organizations since the failed coup.

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