2 Gülenist military attachés in Greece go missing

Published 10.08.2016 00:00
Updated 11.08.2016 15:54

Two Turkish military attachés to Greece disappeared after Turkey's foreign ministry requested Greece to cancel their accreditation following the failed attempted coup on July 15 led by the Gülenist terror cult FETÖ.

According to diplomatic sources, Turkish Armed Forces Attaché Staff Colonel İlhan Yaşıtlı and Naval Attaché Colonel Halis Tunç have been on the run ever since Greece cancelled their accreditation.

On Aug. 7, the foreign ministry requested Greek authorities to revoke accreditations for Yaşıtlı and Tunç, and Greece responded on the same day.

General Staff has called for both officers to surrender before Aug. 13.

They were reportedly invited to attend a NATO handover ceremony near Athens on July 29, but did not attend.

Greek media outlets have claimed that the attachés, together with their families, fled to Italy.

The attachés have suspected ties with the cult-like FETÖ, led by U.S.-based Fethullah Gülen, who Ankara accuses of masterminding the bloody attempted coup.

In July, Greece sentenced eight Gülenist coup soldiers, who fled to Greece in a Sikorsky helicopter following the failure of the attempted coup, to two months in jail for entering the country illegally.

On July 15, a military junta loyal to FETÖ carried out a bloody coup attempt, killing 246 people and injuring nearly 2,200. Turkey has subsequently carried out a purge of FETÖ infiltrators within Turkish state institutions.

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