Turkey cracks hard whip on coup plotters

Several people, as many as 27, who are accused of plotting to overturn Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government are due to appear in court this Monday as the leader refused to rule out bringing back death sentence for those involved in the ill-fated takeover attempt.

Akin Ozturk, a four star general and former commander of the Turkish air force appears in pictures alongside 26 others accused by Erdogan of leading the failed coup attempt in police custody in Ankara.

The involved soldiers had also been roughly handled by the citizens after they had surrendered themselves on Instabul’s Bridge following the failed coup attempt.

According to CNN, Erdogan vowed to continue his crackdown on alleged coup plotters as the number of those detained by the government topped 6,000.

The 6,000 arrests include senior aides and senior members of the military. Arrests will continue, according to Turkey’s foreign ministry.

The arrests include Gen. Bekir Ercan Van, commander of the Incirlik Air Base, according to the Turkish President’s office. The United States uses the airbase to launch airstrikes on ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

An “order of detention” for Col. Ali Yazici, a senior military aide to Erdogan, has also been issued, according to Anadolu.

 

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