Lead­ers of coup, po­lice chief ap­pear be­fore court

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Front Page -

A NEW week of tri­als on the July 15, 2016 coup at­tempt blamed on the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) kicked off yes­ter­day with two sig­nif­i­cant hear­ings. In Is­tan­bul, 67 de­fen­dants, in­clud­ing a for­mer po­lice chief linked to the ter­ror­ist group, ap­peared be­fore a court in Silivri, where a large prison com­plex that houses hun­dreds of FETÖ sus­pects is lo­cated. An im­age show­ing Mithat Ay­nacı emerg­ing from a tank while wear­ing a mil­i­tary uni­form is among the most con­crete ev­i­dence point­ing to the group’s in­volve­ment in the coup at­tempt that killed 249 peo­ple. Ay­nacı, a for­mer po­lice chief, had joined putschist troops when they went to take over po­lice head­quar­ters in Is­tan­bul’s Vatan Av­enue on July 15, 2016.

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