General arrested in Turkey coup attempt investigation
by Daily Sabah
ISTANBULJul 19, 2016 - 12:00 am GMT+3
by Daily Sabah
Jul 19, 2016 12:00 am
Brigadier General İsmail Gürgen, the Commander of 18th Mechanized Infantry Brigade in Gelibolu district of western Çanakkale province, was released pending trial late Monday. A day later, a court in Çanakkale arrested him for involvement in the failed coup attempt. Gürgen was the first general to be released in the coup attempt investigation before his arrest. Gürgen has been transferred to Çanakkale E-Type Prison.
Military troops loyal to the government, along with police units and millions of Turkish citizens, have succeeded as of Saturday morning in quelling a coup attempt, launched by a small military junta linked to the Gülenist Terror Organization (FETÖ), starting from mid-afternoon on Friday.
At least 2,839 pro-coup members of the military, including 29 colonels and over 40 generals, have been detained across Turkey, the Ministry of Interior said Saturday.
Turkey's top judicial body HSYK also ordered the detention of 2,745 Gülen-linked judges and prosecutors on Saturday while two members of the Constitutional Court were detained for involvement in the coup attempt.
As a result of the attempted coup, 161 people were killed, including 41 police officers and 47 civilians, while 1.440 others were injured. Some 104 pro-coup figures were also killed.