Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan helps to carry a coffin with a victim of a thwarted coup following a funeral service in Istanbul, Turkey, July 17, 2016. REUTERS/Murad Sezer
Mirror: Turkey 'bans Islamic funerals' for dead coup supporters as government warns thousands of imams off performing ceremonies
Turkey has reportedly banned Islamic funerals for dead coup supporters and warned imams not to carry out the ceremonies.
Hundreds of people were killed in the apparent attempted coup last Friday which was crushed by the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The Religious Affairs Directorate announced today that imams would not lead prayers for “pro-coup soldiers who targeted our nation”.
The state directly employees all of Turkey's 75,000 imams.
Around 20 alleged coup supporters were killed during fighting. Around 240 other people also died in the violence, including 145 civilians.
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Update: Turkey’s main Muslim body prohibits religious funerals of coup supporters (RT)
WNU editor: Punishing the dead never helped anyone .... and in the long term this is not going to help Erdogan.