Qafqaz University of Baku Fires Turkish Instructors Over Alleged Gulen Links

August 17, 2016

On Tuesday August 16,  a university in Azerbaijan has sacked  50 Turkish educators for alleged links with Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara blames for an unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey in July.



Elmar Qasymov, acting rector of the Caucasus University in Baku, told local media that the fired instructors will have to leave Azerbaijan within two weeks.


Qafqaz University was one of the education facilities established in the former Soviet republics by Gulen's Hizmet movement.


In late July, following the Turkey coup attempt and amid a major crackdown against Gulen supporters in Turkey, Azerbaijan's State Oil Institute took over the university.


Gulen, who is living in the United States, is accused of ordering the July 15 attempt by a group within the military to remove Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. Gulen vehmently denies the accusation.



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