Turkey begins stripping nationality of suspected supporters of the coup abroad

Published January 7th, 2017 - 11:16 GMT
Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016. (AFP/File)
Turkish security officers detain Turkish police officers (in black) on July 15, 2016. (AFP/File)

Turks living abroad who are suspected of crimes against the state can have their citizenship revoked in some cases according to new procedures listed under the country's state of emergency.

The removal of citizenship would be allowed if a Turk living abroad was charged with serious crimes and failed to return to Turkey within three months, despite being told to do so. The cabinet would have to make the decision.

People could fall into this category if they are believed to have participated in July's attempted coup - which was the impetus for the current state of emergency - or if they are accused of forming an armed organization.

Many Turks only saw the new rules early Saturday as they were released late in the night.


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