Cleric Gulen’s top aide held over role in coup

The Myanmar Times - - World -

TURKEY has de­tained a se­nior aide to the United States-based cleric Fethul­lah Gulen whom it blames for the coup at­tempt aimed at oust­ing Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Se­cu­rity forces de­tained Hails Hanci in the Black Sea prov­ince of Trab­zon on July 23, an of­fi­cial said, de­scrib­ing Mr Hanci as a “right-hand man” of Mr Gulen and re­spon­si­ble for trans­fer­ring funds to him.

Mr Gulen de­nies be­ing be­hind the failed coup.

Mr Hanci “ap­par­ently” en­tered the coun­try two days be­fore the at­tempted putsch that erupted late on July 15.

Sep­a­rately, the of­fi­cial con­firmed a re­port in the state-run Anadolu news agency that Turkey also de­tained the son-in-law of Akin Oz­turk, a for­mer air force chief al­ready ar­rested as one of the key sus­pects. Lieu­tenant Colonel Hakan Karakus was de­tained here. One of Mr Gulen’s neph­ews was de­tained on July 23.

Po­lice also de­tained a fe­male Turk­ish fighter pi­lot Ker­ime Kur­mas in the re­gion of Yalova south of Is­tan­bul over al­leged in­volve­ment in the coup, the Do­gan news agency re­ported.

She is ac­cused, along with two male pilots who were also de­tained, of fly­ing seized F-16 jets over Is­tan­bul on the night of the coup. Other Turk­ish me­dia re­ports said she was the only fe­male fighter pi­lot in the coun­try.

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