Commanders of the 2nd and 3rd army arrested, charged for 'treason' after failed coup

Published 16.07.2016 20:05
Updated 16.07.2016 20:43

Some of the prominent figures in the Turkish military who tried to stage a coup against the Turkish government were charged with treason and arrested bu courts on Saturday.

Second Army Commander General Adem Huduti was detained in Malatya province while Lieutenant General Erdal Öztürk, the commander of the Third Army, was arrested in Bursa, İnegöl after the failed coup attempt.

General Adem Huduti is the most senior officer to be apprehended so far following the attempted intervention that killed more than 160 people. The Second Army, based in Malatya, protects Turkey's borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran.

An official said Öztürk was involved in the coup plot., he was the head of the Third Army Corps, which is based in Istanbul.

So far at least 1,563 army personnel have been detained, including 5 generals and 29 colonels.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had earlier announced that a group within the Turkish military attempted an overthrow of the government.

In the moments after the attempted coup was launched Friday night, Erdoğan urged Turks in a televised message to "go to squares, let us give them the best answer."

Erdoğan slammed United States-based preacher Fetullah Gülen, who is accused of leading a terrorist organization and attempting to infiltrate and overthrow the democratically-elected government.

At least 90 people were killed and more than 1,000 others injured during the coup attempt.

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