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Questioning of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze to continues today
Publish Time: 2017-02-28 10:04:00
Questioning of Archpriest Giorgi Mamaladze, charged for having attempted to poison a high-ranking clergyman, will presumably continue today. Investigators and prosecutor spent 8 hours in so-called Matrosov Prison where Mamaladze is kept. Lawyers say that the charged clergyman still demands security of his family members. New questions arose during the first round of questioning.
Turkey says 32 diplomats recalled after failed coup still at large
Publish Time: 2016-08-13 12:19:00
Thirty-two of 208 diplomats recalled by Turkey after a failed coup last month are still at large and Ankara has received information that they have fled to various countries, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Friday.Speaking at a news conference in Ankara, Cavusoglu said he had been receiving "positive signals" from the United States regarding its request for the extradition of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey accuses of orchestrating the putsch.
Turkish deputy PM: 216 soldiers, gendarmes still at large after coup bid
Publish Time: 2016-08-09 13:23:00
Turkey's Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Monday that 186 soldiers and 30 gendarmes, all suspected of plotting last month's failed coup, were still at large.They included nine generals, Kurtulmus told reporters after a cabinet meeting. He also said 10 foreign nationals had been arrested, but he did not give any details about the foreigners' nationalities, Reuters reports.Turkey has detained thousands of soldiers and dismissed more than 3,000 from the military over their alleged links to the July 15 coup attempt in which soldiers commandeered fighter jets, tanks and helicopters to overthrow the government.
Turkey's president has said he wants to close the nation's military academies
Publish Time: 2016-07-31 16:01:00
Turkey's president has said he wants to close the nation's military academies and put the spy agency and the military chief of staff under his own control, - BBC reported.Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the proposals would be brought before parliament.The measures are the latest in a large-scale crackdown launched after the failed coup on 15 July.The authorities say Fetullah Gulen was behind the army-led coup in which at least 246 people died. The US-based cleric denies the allegation."We are going to introduce a small constitutional package which, if approved, will bring the National Intelligence Organisation (MIT) and chief of staff under the control of the presidency," President Erdogan told Turkey's A Haber television on Saturday."Military schools will be shut down... we will establish a national defence university," he said.The president added that the size of the gendarmerie would be cut, but its weaponry would be increased.Mr Erdogan needs a two-thirds majority for the proposals to be adopted and therefore will have to secure support from opposition parties.Turkey announced a military reshuffle on Thursday, including the dishonourable discharge of 1,700 military servicemen. About 40% of generals and admirals have been discharged since the coup.More than 66,000 public sector workers have been dismissed from their posts and 50,000 passports cancelled, while the labour ministry is investigating 1,300 of its staff.The state has shut 142 media outlets and detained several journalists.
Erdogan snaps at U.S. General over coup remarks
Update Time: 2016-07-30 16:26:00
A back-and-forth between the Turkish president and a top U.S. general is laying bare sensitivities between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies after the failed military coup in Turkey, - foreign media report.According to foreign media, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Gen. Joe Votel, head of the U.S. Central Command, should “know his place” and accused the general, who oversees American military operations in the Middle East, of taking the side of the coup plotters.Mr. Erdogan spoke at a news conference in Ankara a day after Gen. Votel raised concerns that the purges in the Turkish military since the failed coup could affect cooperation with U.S. forces in the fight against Islamic State, which Gen. Votel said so far has been excellent.“We’ve certainly had relationships with a lot of Turkish leaders, military leaders in particular, so I’m concerned about what the impact is on those relationships,” Gen. Votel said at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. “Some of them are in jail.”James Clapper, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, raised a similar concern. “Many of our interlocutors have been purged or arrested,” he said at the same Aspen event. “There’s no question that this is going to set back and make more difficult” the U.S. strategy in the region.Mr. Erdogan took umbrage at the remarks. Though he didn’t mention Gen. Votel by name, he said it wasn’t up to an American general to decide which members of the Turkish military should be imprisoned as a result of the failed coup.“Who are you? You have got to know your place,” Mr. Erdogan said, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. “Instead of thanking this government for thwarting this coup attempt and for [maintaining democracy], you are standing by the putschists.”Mr. Erdogan wants the U.S. government to hand over Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive Turkish cleric and former ally of Mr. Erdogan, whom Turkish leaders accuse of orchestrating the failed July 15 coup. Mr. Gulen, who lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania, denies any involvement and has condemned the coup.On Friday, in response to Mr. Erdogan and other Turkish officials, Gen. Votel issued a statement denying any suggestion he was connected to the coup attempt. “Turkey has been an extraordinary and vital partner in the region for many years,” Gen. Votel said. “We appreciate Turkey’s con
Turkey detains more journalists in clampdown on cleric's followers
Publish Time: 2016-07-27 17:56:00
Turkey ordered another 47 journalists detained on Wednesday, part of a large-scale crackdown on suspected supporters of U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen, who is accused by Ankara of masterminding a failed military coup.Turkey has suspended, detained or placed under investigation more than 60,000 soldiers, judges, teachers, journalists and others suspected of ties to Gulen's movement since the July 15-16 coup, which was staged by a faction within the military.Turkey's army General Staff on Wednesday put the number of soldiers belonging to the Gulen network who took part in the coup attempt at 8,651, roughly about 1.5 percent of the armed forces, broadcaster NTV reported. Gulen has denied any involvement in the failed coup.Turkey's capital markets board said on Tuesday it had revoked the license of the head of research at brokerage AK Investment and called for him to face charges over a report he wrote to investors analyzing the July 15 coup.Western governments and human rights groups, while condemning the abortive coup in which at least 246 people were killed and more than 2,000 injured, have expressed alarm over the extent of the crackdown, suggesting President Tayyip Erdogan may be using it to stifle dissent and tighten his grip on power.The detention of journalists ordered on Wednesday involved columnists and other staff of the now defunct Zaman newspaper, a government official said. Authorities in March shut down Zaman, widely seen as the Gulen movement's flagship media organization."The prosecutors aren't interested in what individual columnists wrote or said," said the official, who requested anonymity. "At this point, the reasoning is that prominent employees of Zaman are likely to have intimate knowledge of the Gulen network and as such could benefit the investigation."However, the list includes journalists, such as Sahin Alpay, known for their leftist activism who do not share the religious world view of the Gulenist movement. This has fueled concerns that the investigation may be turning into a witch-hunt of the president's political opponents.On Monday, media reported that arrest warrants had been issued for 42 other journalists, 16 of whom have so far been taken into custody, Reuters reports.
Gulen accused Turkey of blackmailing the United States, and Erdogan’s authoritarianism
Publish Time: 2016-07-26 12:55:00
Living in the United States the opposition of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, whom Turkey considers the organizer of the coup attempt, has accused the country’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of authoritarianism. About Gulen wrote in the column of the American newspaper The New York Times.Gülen also expressed the view that Ankara is blackmailing the US, threatening in case of refusal of Washington to issue to deny the support of the international coalition that is fighting against the terrorist group “Islamic state” (ISIS, ISIL, DAISH, banned in Russia).“The President of Turkey is blackmailing the US, threatening to limit support for the international coalition against ISIS. His goal is to ensure my extradition, despite the lack of convincing evidence and any prospects of a fair trial”, – the oppositionist noted. “The temptation to give Erdogan what he wants, of course. But the United States must resist it,” Gülen added.In his article, the preacher once again said that he condemned the attempted military coup in Turkey, “in the strongest terms”. “The government should win with free and fair elections and not by force,” wrote gülen. According to him, now he prays to God to established in Turkey, the situation was resolved peacefully and quickly.“Despite my clear protests, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has become increasingly authoritarian ruler, immediately accused me of orchestrating the coup,” said the preacher. “The accusations of Erdogan is not surprising – as what it says about me, and that proves its systematic and dangerous quest for personal power” – summed up the oppositioner.In the crown for the NYT gülen also recalled his attitude to radical Islam. “My philosophy is inclusive and pluralistic Islam, dedicated to the service of a person of any faith – the opposite of an armed uprising” – said the preacher.Fethullah Gulen Turkish authorities believe the head of the terrorist organization, which is responsible for the preparation of a coup. Himself a preacher, since 1999 living in self-imposed exile in the us state of Pennsylvania, have categorically rejected these accusations. However, Ankara has officially requested Washington the extradition of Gulen. Trial and more than 70 key involved in the coup, planned for the end of November.As reported TASS, this week in the U.S. to discuss extradition of Gulen’s visit, interior Minister of Turkey Efkan Ala and Minister of justice Bekir B
Turkey arrests nephew of alleged coup plotter Fethullah Gulen
Publish Time: 2016-07-24 12:28:00
Muhammet Sait Gulen, the nephew of Fethullah Gulen, the exiled Turkish cleric accused by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of masterminding last week’s failed coup, has been arrested on the orders of the chief prosecutor of Ankara.The younger Gulen was arrested in the city of Erzurum in the east of the country, as part of the investigation into the putsch, and is to be transferred to the capital imminently, Turkish media have reported.He is the first of Fethullah Gulen’s close relatives to be detained in the current crackdown, though other members of the Pennsylvania-based preacher’s family have previously been placed in custody.
Erdogan’s 283 security guards arrested in Turkey
Update Time: 2016-07-23 16:30:00
Turkish authorities arrested 283 members of the presidential guard of Recep Tayyip Erdogan suspected of involvement in the coup attempt, BBC Russian Service reported. The guard consisting of, at least, 2500 soldiers are deployed in the presidential palace in Ankara.According to TV channel CNN Turk, the authorities issued arrest warrants for 300 people, still they have managed to detain those who were in the capital.Earlier, Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Dzhanikli told that arrests and dismissals of about 60,000 people after the coup was only the “tip of the iceberg”, and promised that there will be more arrests.Among the dismissed and detained are more than 9,000 police officers, 3,000 judges and 6,000 soldiers, and also teachers and deans of universities.The day before Turkey also decided to suspend the European Convention on Human Rights and fundamental freedoms in connection with state of emergency in the country.At the same time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not exclude the possibility of introduction of a death penalty in the country in order to punish instigators of the coup attempt.Armed coup attempt began in Turkey on July 15. The group of soldiers declared that they take control of the country into their own hands to provide observance of constitutional rights of citizens. By the morning the Turkish government managed to completely restore control over the situation in the country.
Istanbul mayor plans 'graveyard for traitors' who took part in Turkish military coup
Publish Time: 2016-07-22 10:29:00
The Mayor of Istanbul announced plans for a graveyard especially reserved for those responsible for the attempt to overthrow the Erdogan government.As many as 246 people were killed during the coup; many of them were reportedly responsible for plotting it and now graveyards in the city are refusing to have them buried there. In order to find a quick remedy, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Kadir Topbas announced the allocation of land to be used as a "graveyard for traitors" – a place people can go to insult those who are buried there."I ordered a space to be saved and to call it 'the graveyard for traitors'. The passersby will curse the ones buried there. Everyone visiting the place will curse them and they won't be able rest in their graves," Topbaş told a group of coup protesters gathered in Taksim Square, according to Hurriyet Daily. He explained that the idea for the designated graveyard came after the mayor of the Black Sea province of Ordu had refused to provide a burial place for the coup plotters."A family took a dead body and buried it in their garden. I congratulate the mayor," he added.Topbaş explained that the cemetery of the nameless was not a suitable place for the coup plotters to be buried as it included religious people. "I believe that they won't be saved from hell. But we need make the world unbearable for them," he told the protesters.Prior to the mayor's cemetery plans, Religious Affairs Directorate (Diyanet) announced that it would not conduct religious funeral services for the rebels who died in the attempted coup except for those who were forcibly made to participate.
Turkey coup attempt: Crackdown toll passes 50,000
Update Time: 2016-07-20 12:11:00
More than 50,000 people have been rounded up, sacked or suspended from their jobs by Turkey's government in the wake of last week's failed coup.The purge of those deemed disloyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan widened on Tuesday to include teachers, university deans and the media.The government says they are allied to US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, who denies claims he directed the uprising, as reported by BBC.PM Binali Yildirim said the preacher led a "terrorist organisation". "We will dig them up by their roots," he told parliament.Turkey is pressing the US to extradite Mr Gulen and the issue was raised during a phone call between US President Barack Obama and President Erdogan on Tuesday, the White House said.
CNN: Turkey's President Erdogan won't rule out death penalty
Update Time: 2016-07-19 16:11:00
Turkey's President refuses to rule out the death penalty for thousands of people arrested after a failed military coup Friday, despite warnings that reintroducing capital punishment could dash Turkey's chances of joining the European Union.Speaking through his translator in an exclusive interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the failed military coup a "clear crime of treason."The Turkish people have made it clear they want death for the "terrorists" who plotted the coup, Erdogan said in his first interview since the July 15 attempt. "The people now have the idea, after so many terrorist incidents, that these terrorists should be killed, that's where they are, they don't see any other outcome to it," he said."Why should I keep them and feed them in prisons, for years to come? That's what the people say," he said. "They want a swift end to it, because people lost relatives, lost neighbors, lost children ... they're suffering, so the people are very sensitive and we have to act very sensibly and sensitively."The comments come in the wake of the President's vow over the weekend that those responsible "will pay a heavy price for this act of treason."A total of 8,777 officers from the Turkish Ministry of Interior have so far been removed from office, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency. Among the arrested are 103 generals and admirals, a third of the general-rank command of the Turkish military.It would take a parliamentary decision in the form of a constitutional measure to make the death penalty an option, Erdogan said. "Leaders will have to get together and discuss it and if they accept to discuss it then I as President will approve any decision that comes out of the parliament," he said.Turkey abolished the death penalty for peacetime crimes in 2002, followed by a total ban in 2004 as part of a series of human rights reforms undertaken for its membership bid for the European Union.If Turkey does reintroduce the death penalty, it won't be joining the European Union, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said earlier Monday.Erdogan said he was on vacation with his wife, son-in-law, and grandchildren in the resort town of Marmaris when h
Istanbul court sends 278 people to pre-trial detention
Publish Time: 2016-07-19 16:10:00
An Istanbul court has sent 278 people to pre-trial detention over their alleged connections with Friday's deadly coup attempt.The suspects, including 13 high-ranking military officers and soldiers, have been charged with “crime against government” and “being members of an armed terrorist organization”.According to Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, over 900 detained suspects are still being interrogated.
Turkey widens post-coup purge, demands U.S. hand over cleric
Publish Time: 2016-07-19 12:07:00
Turkey purged its police on Monday after rounding up thousands of soldiers in the wake of a failed military coup, and said it could reconsider its friendship with the United States unless Washington hands over a cleric Ankara blames for the putsch, as reported by Reuters..Nearly 20,000 members of the police, civil service, judiciary and army have been detained or suspended since Friday night's coup, in which more than 200 people were killed when a faction of the armed forces tried to seize power.The broad crackdown and calls to reinstate the death penalty for plotters drew concern from Western allies who said Ankara must uphold the rule of law in the country, a NATO member whose cooperation in the fight against Islamic State is crucial to Washington.Some voiced concern President Tayyip Erdogan - who said he was almost killed or captured by the mutineers - was using the opportunity to consolidate his power and further a process of stifling dissent which has already caused tensions with Europe.Turkey's foreign ministry said criticism of the government's response amounted to backing for the bid to overthrow it. A senior security official told Reuters that 8,000 police officers, including in the capital Ankara and the biggest city Istanbul, had been removed from their posts on suspicion of links to Friday's abortive coup.About 1,500 finance ministry officials had been suspended, a ministry official said, and CNN Turk said 30 governors and more than 50 high-ranking civil servants had been dismissed. Annual leave was suspended for more than 3 million civil servants, while close to 3,000 judges and prosecutors have been suspended.Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said 7,543 people had so far been detained, including 6,038 soldiers. Some were shown in photographs stripped to their underpants and handcuffed on the floors of police buses and a sports hall. A court remanded 26 generals and admirals in custody on Monday, Turkish media said.Officials in Ankara say former air force chief Akin Ozturk was a co-leader of the coup. The state-run Anadolu agency said on Monday he had confessed, but private broadcaster Haberturk contradicted this, saying he had told prosecutors he tried to prevent the attempted putsch.The Turkish government says it was masterminded by Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric based in the United States who has a wide following i
Guenther Oettinger says EU would not likely be granting Turks visa-free travel this year
Publish Time: 2016-07-19 10:08:00
Guenther Oettinger, European Commissioner, has said that the European Union would not likely be granting Turks visa-free travel as previously agreed upon due to Ankara's brutal crackdown after the failed military coup last week according to Reuters."The draft law (on ending visa requirements for Turks) is being debated in the European Parliament right no. But I predict that we won't have regulation on visa-free travel before the end of the year," said Oettinger.The E.U. sealed a controversial deal with Turkey in March intended to halt illegal migration flows to Europe in return for financial and political rewards for Ankara.
Turkey coup: ex-Air Force commander 'admits involvement in plot'
Publish Time: 2016-07-19 10:05:00
The former head of Turkey's Air Force has admitted staging a coup, it has been claimed. General Akin Öztürk has told investigators he acted with the intention of staging a coup against the current government - headed by Recep Erdogan.According to the Daily Sabbah, the ex-armed forces chief told investigators in his first testimony "We made the move to stage a coup".The startling admission was made after an unknown assailant shot the deputy mayor of Istanbul's Sisli district in the head on Monday and he was in a critical condition, Turkish broadcaster NTV reported.
Turkey coup attempt: Some 6,000 people detained, says minister
Publish Time: 2016-07-17 16:08:00
Turkey has so far detained 6,000 people over Friday's failed coup, Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag has said."The clean-up operations are continuing," he told state media, adding that the number of arrests will rise further.The sweep has included high-ranking soldiers and judges. More than 50 senior soldiers were detained in the western province of Denizli on Sunday.At least 265 people were killed in clashes as the coup failed.
Turkey Accuses US of Being Behind Military Coup, Demands Extradition Of Cleric Gulen
Publish Time: 2016-07-17 12:05:00
Turkish President Erdogan called on the United States to extradite Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric he accuses of being behind Turkey's failed coup attempt.At roughtly the same time, Turkey's Minister of Labor went one step further, and accused America of being behind the coup on live Television, as it was harboring Gulen, as reported by http://www.zerohedge.com.To be sure, as we wrote first thing this morning, Gulen, who is currently residing in Saylorsburg, Peynnsylvania, said he condemned the coup “in the strongest terms.”Gulen, as those who have followed recent Turkish history know, is Erdogan's quasi-imaginary bogeyman nemesis; Erdogan has repeatedly accused Gulen of plotting a "parallel state" whose intention is to overthrow Erdogan, and has used that strawman narrative as justification to expand his powers and to push for a shift from a parliamentary to a presidential regime. Gulen wrote in his blog that "As someone who suffered under multiple military coups during the past five decades, it is especially insulting to be accused of having any link to such an attempt. I categorically deny such accusations."
Who is Fethullah Gulen, the reclusive imam blamed for the Turkish coup attempt?
Publish Time: 2016-07-16 20:10:00
For Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdogan there was never any question about who to blame for Friday night’s attempted coup: Fethullah Gülen, a charismatic but reclusive Islamist preacher living in the United States. The Turkish president has frequently accused Mr Gülen and his supporters of trying to undermine the country’s elected government by infiltrating the judiciary, intelligence and security forces, The Guardian reports. Only three years ago, the cleric was a close ally of Mr Erdogan and supported his rise to power. But the two became arch-rivals after the president and his ruling AKP blamed Mr Gülen for choreographing the damaging corruption allegations that targeted senior ministers as well as Mr Erdogan’s son Bilal in 2013. Mr Gülen, who began his career as an imam in the secular city of Izmir in the 1960s, favours a moderate interpretation of Islam, advocating inter-faith dialogue, education and democracy.Although few outside of Turkey have heard him, Mr Gülen’s cult-like movement has built up an influential network of schools, think-tanks and media spanning the globe.Mr Erdogan has attempted to dismantle this influence — for instance calling on African leaders to close down Gülenist schools — but his demands for the cleric’s extradition have fallen on deaf ears in Washington. On Saturday, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim put pressure on the US government to extradite Mr Gülen, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania since 1999. “Any state that protects Fethullah Gülen will be considered as hostile to Turkey,” he said. But the cleric was quick to deny any involvement in yesterday’s coup. In a statement released just before midnight, he said it was “insulting” to be linked to an attempt to overthrow the government. "I condemn, in the strongest terms, the attempted military coup in Turkey," he said. "Government should be won through a process of free and fair elections, not force.”
Georgian citizens arrive in motherland
Publish Time: 2016-07-16 20:03:00
After one-day air collapse generated by Turkish coup attempt, Georgian citizens being in Turkey managed to return to Georgia. A special flight has recently landed at Tbilisi International Airport. Georgian passengers stayed overnight at Istanbul Ataturk Airport.