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Turkey extends emergency rule to maintain purge of Gulen supporters: deput…


ANKARA Turkey’s parliament voted overnight to extend emergency rule by three months in a move which the government said was needed to sustain a purge of supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim cleric accused of orchestrating July’s failed coup, state media said.

Emergency rule, first imposed in Turkey after an attempted putsch on July 15 and then extended in October, enables the government to bypass parliament in enacting new laws and to limit or suspend rights and freedoms when deemed necessary.

The extension, effective from Jan. 19, comes as Turkey reels from a series of attacks by Islamist or Kurdish militants, most recently on Sunday when a lone gunman shot dead 39 people in an Istanbul nightclub during New Year celebrations.

Ankara accuses Pennsylvania-based preacher Fethullah Gulen and his supporters, whom it terms the Gulenist Terror Organisation (FETO), of being behind the July coup attempt. Gulen denies the allegations.

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“The purge of FETO from the state has not been completed. We need the implementation of emergency rule until FETO and all terror groups have been purged from the state,” Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said in parliament ahead of the vote.

More than 41,000 people have been jailed pending trial in connection with the attempted coup out of 100,000 who have faced investigation. Some 120,000 people, including soldiers, police officers, teachers, judges and journalists, have been suspended or dismissed since the coup, although thousands of them have since been restored to their posts.

(Reporting by Gulsen Solaker; Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Nick Tattersall)

Priest accused of hosting orgies and pimping out 15 women

An Italian Catholic priest is under investigation for allegedly organizing orgies in his church’s rectory and acting as a pimp for up to 15 women.

Authorities are investigating Father Andrea Contin, a 48-year-old parish priest at the Church of San Lazzaro in Padua, for living off immoral earnings and psychological violence following complaints from three female parishioners, The Times reported.

A variety of sex toys, pornography obscured with covers featuring the names of past popes, and videos reportedly showing orgies taking place on the church premises have been seized by police, according to local media reports.

The 48-year-old priest also allegedly pimped out up to 15 women on wife-swapping websites and enjoyed expensive holidays with his lovers in exotic locations including Croatia, France and Austria. Among his trips abroad was a stop at a naturist and swingers resort in Cap d’Adge, located on the Southern coast of France, according to International Business Times.

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A bishop first received complaints about Contin earlier this summer, but church authorities didn’t contact the police so they could first complete their own investigation, the Times reported.

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Father Andrea Contin (not pictured) was accused of pimping out up to 15 women in addition to hosting orgies on his church’s property.

(Robin Bartholick/Getty Images/Uppercut RF)

Contin was, however, asked to leave the parish pending a thorough investigation, though “that does not amount to a conviction,” according to a statement from the Diocese of Padua.

One 49-year-old church volunteer during an anonymous interview with local media claimed she had an affair with the priest and confirmed that they had sex in the rectory.

“There were a lot of women hovering around him,” she said. “I didn’t understand that at first, only later.”

Contin has not been arrested, but a prosecutor is reportedly looking into the allegations.

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