Some 4,700 People Remanded in Custody in Turkey over Failed Coup Attempt

Southeast Europe | July 23, 2016, Saturday // 15:53|  views

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said  that 4,704 people have been remanded in custody so far over alleged links to the July 15 failed coup, Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday

"Among them, 167 are police, 2,878 military personnel, 1,552 judges and prosecutors and 14 [local] governors, and 93 civilians," the Turkish news agency quoted Erdogan as saying.

According to figures compiled by AA on the basis of information from judicial sources, at least 126 generals and admirals allegedly linked to coup attempt have been remanded in custody so far.

The Turkish authorities can hold suspects in detention without charge for up to 30 days before being taking them to a judge to decide whether to remand them in custody under the state of emergency announced by Erdogan earlier this week.

Ankara chief public prosecutor Harun Kodalak has pledged fair trials for all soldiers linked to the coup attempt.

“We will immediately separate soldiers who did not fire on people, who did not drive army vehicles over people, who did not know what was happening,Anadolu Agency quoted the public prosecutor as saying on Saturday.

Kodalak added that at least 1,200 army officers have been released from detention so far.

The thwarted coup attempt claimed the lives of at least 246 people. More than 2,100 people were injured, according toofficial Turkish statistics.

 

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