UN chief Ban Ki-moon voices concerns over Turkey’s post-coup crackdown

July 28, 2016 6:30 am

A demonstrator puts his hand on a
fence with padlocks left by prisoners during a demonstration in front
of the Metris prison in Istanbul on June 24, 2016. (AFP)

United
Nations Secretary General  calls on to present
“credible evidence” for those detained in its post-coup crackdown.  

According
to spokesman Farhan Haq, Ban expressed his worries during a phone
conversation with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (seen below)
on Wednesday.

Ban
“referred to worrying reports of mistreatment and abuse of some of
those who are still in custody and their detention conditions, and
underscored his deep concern about the scope of continuing widespread
arrests, detentions and suspensions,” said Haq.  

Earlier
in the day, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim warned that the
government crackdown in connection with the coup attempt is “not
completed yet” and there could be more arrests.
Turkey’s
interior minister also announced that over than 15,000 people,
including 10,000 soldiers, have been detained in the country in the wake
of the failed coup.
Ankara also announced the discharge of some 150 generals and admirals as well as nearly 1,700 officers from the army.
Turkey also issued arrest warrants for nearly 50 journalists in relation to the failed coup.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon

Ban
also told Cavusoglu that “Credible evidence on those under
investigation has to be presented swiftly to the judicial system so that
legal determination could be made before the court of law,” added Haq.

About
250 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured on the night of July
15, when a faction within the army, using fighter jets, helicopters and
tanks, tried to seize airports and bridges, and attacked buildings,
including parliament and the intelligence headquarters, in an attempt to
seize power.

Family members of detained Turkish soldiers wait in front of the Istanbul Justice Palace on July 20, 2016. (AFP)

Following
the abortive coup, Ankara declared a state of emergency in the country,
which would allow the government to take swift action against those
suspected of being behind the coup attempt.
The
UN secretary general “trusts that the government and people of Turkey
will transform this moment of uncertainty into a moment of unity,
preserving Turkey’s democracy,” Haq added.

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