Turkey's Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ also gave details about the most heated moments of the attempt to overthrow President Erdoğan, saying the president risked death after ordering his pilot to land in Istanbul secretly.
Speaking in a televised interview, Bozdağ said Erdoğan decided to go to Istanbul to meet Turkish people flocked to the streets to resist coup even though the Atatürk Airport was largely under the control of the coup soldiers.
"Erdoğan asked the pilot of his business plane whether he can make a landing by only using the plane's lights and without a permission to taxi from tower," Bozdağ said.
Bozdağ continued: "Pilot said the landing can be conducted but warned Erdoğan of possible risks. The president then ordered the pilot to fly to Istanbul, meanwhile the Turkish people recaptured the airport from coup soldiers,"Erdoğan said as the coup unfolded that the plotters had tried to attack him in the resort town of Marmaris and had bombed places he had been at shortly after he left. He "evaded death by minutes", the second official said.
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