New footage shows FETÖ putschists killing civil­ian

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - National -

SE­CU­RITY cam­era footage pre­sented as ev­i­dence in a trial of putschists be­hind the July 15, 2016 coup at­tempt shows the bru­tal mur­der of an uniden­ti­fied civil­ian by pro-coup troops.

In­fil­tra­tors of the Gülenist Ter­ror Group (FETÖ) in the mil­i­tary are ac­cused of car­ry­ing out the thwarted bid that killed 251 peo­ple.

The footage, recorded out­side the Of­fice of the Chief of Gen­eral Staff (main head­quar­ters of the army) in the cap­i­tal Ankara, shows one of those vic­tims whose body was dumped af­ter the killing.

The footage re­leased yes­ter­day by Anadolu Agency (AA), was in­cluded as ev­i­dence at the trial of dozens of soldiers ac­cused of tak­ing over the of­fice and ab­duct­ing top mil­i­tary brass. It opens with an ar­mored per­son­nel car­rier driv­ing on the street out­side the build­ing. Its back hatch opens and soldiers are seen strug­gling to carry a naked man out. It is not clear if he is alive at that mo­ment but the blurred footage shows move­ments of the soldiers as though they are beat­ing the man. Mo­ments later, the vic­tim is sim­ply kicked out of the hatch. The body lies on the road for a few min­utes be­fore a group of soldiers ap­pear. Af­ter a while, the soldiers carry the body to­ward a nearby wooded area. More than three hours later, the ar­mored per­son­nel car­rier that the vic­tim was thrown out of reap­pears and the soldiers scram­ble to find the body they had dumped. When the other soldiers show them the body, they leave.

A to­tal of 224 de­fen­dants are on trial re­gard­ing the putschists’ takeover of the mil­i­tary head­quar­ters. Most face life sen­tences for their role in the coup at­tempt. The Of­fice of the Chief of Gen­eral Staff was stormed by putschist soldiers from the elite Spe­cial Forces on July 15, 2016. Putschists held then Chief of Gen­eral Staff Hu­lusi Akar at gun­point be­fore tak­ing him to a mil­i­tary base they seized ear­lier. Other se­nior com­man­ders were ab­ducted while en­ter­ing the head­quar­ters. Putschists also killed anti-coup troops and civil­ians who tried to stop them at the head­quar­ters. They had to sur­ren­der in the early hours of July 16 when the coup at­tempt was foiled. Un­prece­dented strong pub­lic re­sis­tance against putschists helped anti-coup se­cu­rity forces thwart the at­tempt.

A surveil­lance cam­era im­age shows a vic­tim’s body ly­ing on the ground af­ter the soldiers dumped it from a mil­i­tary ve­hi­cle.

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