Turkey ar­rests Gulen-linked ex-en­voy

The Myanmar Times - - World -

Turk­ish au­thor­i­ties have ar­rested three for­mer top diplo­mats over the failed July 15 coup, in­clud­ing a se­nior of­fi­cial who bro­kered a meet­ing be­tween the then premier and the US-based preacher blamed for the plot. A court in Ankara re­manded in cus­tody Gur­can Ba­lik, Ali Findik and Tun­cay Ba­bali ahead of a trial over their al­leged links to Mr Gulen. All three were sent to the city’s Sin­can jail. Mr Ba­lik was chief for­eign pol­icy ad­viser to for­mer pres­i­dent Ab­dul­lah Gul, who served as pres­i­dent from 2007 to 2014 be­fore hand­ing over to Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

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