Turkey: Fugitive soldiers tied to plot to kill Erdogan

4 of the 8 fugitive Turkish soldiers in Greece spoke on the phone with would-be presidential assassins the night of July 15

Turkey: Fugitive soldiers tied to plot to kill Erdogan

World Bulletin / News Desk

Fugitive Turkish soldiers in Greece have links to the squad which tried to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the night of the July 15 defeated coup, according to judicial sources.

The Terror and Organized Crime Bureau of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office found that four of the eight Turkish soldiers who fled to Greece a few hours after the failed coup had telephone conversations the night of July 15 with two of the would-be assassins, said the sources, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking with the media.

Greek authorities have been told of the link, the bureau said.

The eight soldiers arrived in Greece on a hijacked Black Hawk helicopter.

All of them have requested asylum in Greece. Their primary requests were initially denied by a Greek court, but the matter remains pending.

The Turkish government has repeatedly requested the extradition of the eight alleged coup plotters, promising they would have fair trials.


- Erdogan assassination attempt

The president, who was vacationing in the southwestern Mugla province the night of the coup, left for Istanbul after being alerted about the coup bid and narrowly escaped an armed attack on the hotel he was staying at in Marmaris. The hotel was bombed 15 minutes after he left.

The suspects tried to assassinate Erdogan in accordance with the orders of Fetullah Gulen, the leader of the FETO terror group, according to Turkey.

The suspects are charged with attempting to assassinate the Turkish president, violating the Constitution, undermining the unity and integrity of the state, and being members of a terror organization.

Turkey accuses the Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO), led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, of organizing the defeated coup as well as a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

The defeated coup left 248 people martyred and nearly 2,193 injured.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ocak 2017, 13:37