World Bulletin / News Desk
A court in Istanbul ordered the release of the port city’s former police chief Huseyin Capkin Tuesday morning who was being held in connection with a Fetullah Terror Organization (FETO) case, a judicial source said.
Capkin was remanded in custody on Sept. 3 at the request of the Istanbul's Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
The former senior police official then approached the Istanbul 14th Court of Peace, which ruled to drop the case against him since, it said, he was a retired official and the allegation against him of being part of a terrorist organization could not be proved to justify his custody, the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on talking to the media, said.
The ex-officer's lawyer, Fahrettin Kocagoz, said Capkin had served Turkey “for more than 40 years with loyalty and it has been proven that he has nothing to do with terrorist organizations and its members."
Earlier, Capkin, in his testimony, had rejected all charges against him and said he had "never sent his children to FETO-linked schools.
"I learned about the coup bid on July 15 from television, when I was at home. I wanted to go to the airport to be with our president, but there were too many sonic booms above us and the roads were closed."
Last month, Istanbul's former Governor Huseyin Avni Mutlu along with seven other governors, one deputy governor and three district governors had been remanded in custody in the same case about the infiltration of FETO and the parallel state structure (PDY) in the country's civil services.Last Mod: 08 Kasım 2016, 12:47