(Reuters) Turkey must produce clear evidence in pursuing participants in a failed coup and avoid targeting teachers and journalists simply because they worked for firms run by the Muslim cleric Ankara portrays as its mastermind, the head of the European rights watchdog said.

Otherwise, said Thorbjorn Jagland, Turkey may be challenged in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, which is tasked with enforcing the European Convention of Human Rights.

Turkey said the judicial process would be fully transparent.

President Tayyip Erdogan has cracked down on schools, media and businesses run by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen since the July coup. Several thousand soldiers have been expelled from the army and more than 100,000 people including civil servants, teachers, journalists and soldiers suspended or sacked.

“We are stressing to the Turks that they have to present clear evidence, be able to separate those who were clearly behind the coup and those who have been in some way or another connected to or working for this so-called Gulen network,” Jagland, Secretary General of the Council of Europe, told Reuters.

“They are not necessarily guilty. For teachers and journalists that worked in schools or media outlets of Gulen – you cannot say automatically that because they’ve done that, they are part of this military coup.”

Gulen has denied being behind the coup.

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Turkey has accused the European Union of double standards in criticizing the crackdown while, in its view, showing hesitation in condemning the coup that killed about 240 people. Western officials have said they fear Erdogan may use the action as a cover for suppressing any opposition

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Jagland was speaking after Turkey’s Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu briefed representatives of Council of Europe states in the French city of Strasbourg on the situation in his country after the coup.

Speaking to reporters before the CoE session, Cavusolgu outlined plans in dealing with the aftermath of the coup.

“Be assured that this process will be very transparent and the supervision of the European Court of Human Rights is still valid and the Convention on Human Rights is also a guideline for Turkey even during this difficult time.”

Jagland is also trying to persuade Turkey to apply more narrowly its counter-terrorism laws. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has in the past ruled against convictions of journalists on the basis of these regulations.

While Turkey is a member of the CoE, it is not in the EU. The 28-nation bloc made easing visa requirements for Turks traveling to the EU conditional on changing the terrorism laws.

Turkey says it needs a broad interpretation of such regulations to meet a threat from Kurdish rebels and from Islamic State militants.

“Journalists who have reported on the work of terrorist organizations, which is the job of journalists – you can’t say one supports terrorists by reporting on them,” Jagland said.

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He is of the devil. Pure evil

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Dear rights watchdog, dear Thorbjorn Jagland,
f**k yourself and your mother.
I do not comment if I like Erdogan, or not, if he is good or bad.
But you bastards started against his government and him a plot, you lost and now want to dictate your conditions?
You are insane ziojewnazi prostitute., dear Thornbjorn.
Erdogan should send over another 5 million refugees, as answer to your stupidity.

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You like Enverdogan Pasha or you’d call him by names like Gollum. The plot was nothing else than a self coup in order to crack down on opposition. Only idiots won’t understand it… If let’s say the most powerful intelligence agency in EU, the DGSE, had plotted to take care of Erdogan, let’s be clear : they NEVER missed a coup anywhere. Well, never missed a murder ops too… It’s shitlamists who are with the nazis, not jews. Proofs : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qrj1jbYLnL4 The only who say they are zionists are the Rastafaris and they talk about Ethiopia, Jews have just retaken… Read more »

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All right, Guest… 3 millions turks in Germany only. Over the whole EU, they must be around 7 millions… Refugees may be placed in centers, they will cost about 2/3€ a day, Let’s send 7 millions turks back home, it’ll make jobs for unemployed europeans and once war will be finished in Syria, refugees will go back and turks will stay in Turkey. I take the deal!

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Frankly, Guest, the more I read people like you, the more I have envy to support Israel… And I participated protests to back the creation of the palestinian state at the time… We should consider exchanging Rafales for Iron Beam : Israel with a REAL stealth aircraft much better than F-35, France with tactical lasers… Yeah! It’d be like when we built nukes together! And remember the advertising they did for Dassault during the 6 days war! Migs were falling like mosquitoes with insecticide… Well, muslims would hate us? ROFL, they already do, don’t give a f**k about it.

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I’d like to see Erdogan’s head if we oust ALL turks from the EU… 3 millions in Germany only… I bet we win if we cancel ALL their working-licenses : creating 7M jobs for europeans, keeping the refugees in centers with a 2/3€ per day then sending ’em back… Well, there’ll be much less kebabs, we can do without.

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What does this douchebag have to say about Obama arming the terrorist regime of Saudi Arabia and the Zionist occupier state?

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Now 11,000 kurd teachers were fired as they’re supposedly linked to PKK!

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Coordinates for Tornado strikes if Germany wants to finish the Syrian war and get a master-terrorist :
39.930604, 32.798034
Just blow anything in a 150m radius with thermobarics…