Turkey ex-air chief ‘admits’ to coup plot

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(BBC) A former Turkish air force commander has confessed to planning last week’s attempted military coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.

Gen Akin Ozturk was quoted as having told interrogators that he “acted with intention to stage a coup”.

Akin Ozturk was among 70 generals and admirals being detained, Anadolu reported (PHOTO: ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES)
Akin Ozturk was among 70 generals and admirals being detained, Anadolu reported (PHOTO: ANADOLU AGENCY/GETTY IMAGES)

Photographs of the general published by Anadolu appeared to show several injuries to his head and upper body.

The general had earlier denied any involvement in the coup attempt and insisted he worked to stop it.

Anadolu earlier reported that he was one of 70 generals and admirals who had been detained. Eleven had so far been placed under arrest, it added.

More than 8,000 police officers were also suspended and forced to hand over their weapons as part of a purge of officials suspected of involvement.

 

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