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Turkey went 'too far' in coup response: legal experts

Council of Europe experts say Turkey went "too far" with emergency measures adopted following a failed July 15 coup attempt.

The constitutional law experts, known as the Venice Commission, said Turkish authorities had "good reasons" to declare a state of emergency in response to a "dangerous armed conspiracy" but its measures contravened the country's constitution and international law.

The opinion took issue with the collective dismissal of "tens of thousands of public servants" on the basis of lists appended to emergency decree laws, rather than "verifiable evidence" for each individual case.

It said that while some public servants had connections to the network of cleric Fethullah Gulen, which Ankara blames for the coup attempt, past contact with his organization should not automatically amount to criminal and disciplinary liability.