Turk­ish gen­er­als nabbed in Dubai

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TWO Turk­ish gen­er­als, de­tained in Dubai in the United Arab Emi­rates (UAE) while away from their posts in Afghanistan, have now been re­turned to Tur­key.

The gen­er­als, de­tained by Emi­rati author­i­ties in con­nec­tion with Tur­key’s abortive coup, have been iden­ti­fied as Ma­jor Gen­eral Cahit Bakir, who com­manded Turk­ish forces un­der Nato com­mand in Afghanistan, and Bri­gadier Gen­eral Sener Topuc, re­spon­si­ble for ed­u­ca­tion and aid there.

The ar­rests are widely be­lieved to be linked to Tur­key’s sweep­ing crack­down against peo­ple deemed in­volved in the July 25 putsch.

The botched coup be­gan when a fac­tion of the Turk­ish mil­i­tary de­clared that it was in con­trol of the coun­try and that the gov­ern­ment was no more in charge. Tanks, he­li­copters, and sol­diers then clashed with po­lice and peo­ple on the streets of the cap­i­tal, Ankara, and Is­tan­bul.

A to­tal of 290 peo­ple were killed in the at­tempted coup d’état, which was harshly sup­pressed. More than 13,000 peo­ple have been de­tained ever since.

Also on Tues­day, Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan re­peated his gov­ern­ment’s in­ten­tion to rein­tro­duce the death penalty, which the coun­try an­nulled in 2004 as part of a raft of mea­sures to qual­ify for join­ing the Euro­pean Union (EU).

Er­do­gan, who was be­ing in­ter­viewed by Ger­man pub­lic broad­caster ARD, also ac­cused Euro­pean states of lax com­mit­ment to their ar­range­ments with Tur­key.

He was talking about an EU-Tur­key deal sealed in March un­der which Ankara agreed to take back all the asy­lum seek­ers and refugees reach­ing Europe via Tur­key in re­turn for fi­nan­cial aid, visa lib­er­al­i­sa­tion and the ac­cel­er­a­tion of Tur­key’s EU mem­ber­ship ne­go­ti­a­tions.

“The [Euro­pean] gov­ern­ments are not hon­est,” Er­do­gan said, adding that the EU had promised USD three bil­lion (EUR 2.7 bil­lion) un­der the deal but so far only paid a nom­i­nal USD one to two mil­lion.

“Three mil­lion Syr­i­ans, or peo­ple from Iraq, are now in Tur­key,” he said. “The EU has not kept its prom­ises on the mat­ter.” — PressTV.

Ma­jor Gen­eral Cahit Bakir left), and Bri­gadier Gen­eral Sener Topuc

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