Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Turkey coup: Deputy mayor of Istanbul shot in head


Turkish policemen salute as mourners carry the coffin of a policeman killed during the failed military coup. Photo / AP

An unknown assailant has shot and killed the deputy mayor of
’s Sisli district in the head, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.
was not immediately clear whether the incident was linked to Saturday’s
abortive military coup in which more than 200 people were killed.
NTV reported that the assailant had entered the office of deputy mayor Cemil Candas and then gun shots were heard.
main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) runs the prosperous
Sisli district. Along with other opposition parties the CHP has
condemned the attempted coup.

Turkey parliament ‘evacuated’
Earlier, MPs
were reportedly told to evacuate the Turkish parliament building in
Ankara over an unspecified security threat, according to an opposition
politician, reports the Independent.
The Cumhurriyet
newspaper quoted the Peoples’ Democracy Party member Ziya Pir as saying:
“We have been informed of an attack. The Meclis is being evacuated.”
development comes as the United States and European Union on Monday
sternly warned Turkey to respect the rule of law after President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan’s government launched a massive crackdown following the
failed coup.
Confusion over general’s confession
state-run agency says that the former Air Force commander accused
of being the coup ringleader has confessed to a role in the failed coup
Anadolu Agency quotes Gen. Akin Ozturk as telling
prosecutors questioning him in Ankara that he “acted with the intention
of carrying out a coup.” Before his detention, Ozturk had denied in a
statement that he was involved in the uprising, insisting that that he
had worked to quash the coup.
But two private broadcasters said the general had denied playing a role.
NTV quoted him as saying: “I am not someone who has planned or directed the coup attempt… I don’t know who did.”
Recep Tayyip Erdogan calls for extradition
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaking to CNN through his translator
on Monday, said Turkey will submit a formal request within days for the
extradition of Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen from the United States.
Erdogan blames Gulen for the failed coup attempt.
Wikileaks to release Turkey documents
says it is preparing to release more than 100,000 documents related to
the Turkish government in the wake of a failed coup.
“Get ready
for a fight as we release 100k+ docs n #Turkey’s political power
structure,” the organisation posted on Twitter. Founded by Julian
Assange in 2006, the Wikileaks whistleblowing group is best known for
its release of classified US diplomatic cables in 2010 that embarrassed
Washington and its allies and risked undermining US diplomacy.

NATO chief calls for respect
chief has joined with others who are calling for Turkey’s leadership to
respect the rule of law in its reaction to the failed attempt at a
military coup.
“I have spoken to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey,” NATO
Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Monday in a statement. “I
welcomed the strong support shown by the people and all political
parties to democracy and to the democratically elected government. The
Turkish people have shown great courage.” As he did early on Saturday,
Stoltenberg condemned the attempted coup in Turkey and reiterated his
full support for Turkey’s democratic institutions.
“Being part of
a unique community of values, it is essential for Turkey, like all
other allies, to ensure full respect for democracy and its institutions,
the constitutional order, the rule of law and fundamental freedoms,”
the NATO chief said. He called Turkey a “valued NATO ally,” and offered
his condolences to the families of the innocent people who lost their
lives in the takeover attempt.

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