Leaders of coup, police chief appear before court
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.