Turkey coup: Istanbul court releases hundreds of conscripts under arrest

After taking their testimony, prosecutors working for the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's office requested the release of 758 of the 989 conscripts.

By: AP | Istanbul | Updated: July 30, 2016 4:42 pm
Turkey coup, Turkey military coup, Turkey failed military coup attempt, Tayyip Erdogan, Istanbul court turkey coup, news, Turkey news, latest news, world news, international news, Efkan Ala After taking their testimony, prosecutors working for the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s office requested the release of 758 of the 989 conscripts. (AP Photo/Ali Unal)

An Istanbul court has released hundreds of enlisted conscripts under arrest as part of the investigation into the July 15 abortive coup, the state-run Anadolu news agency says.

After taking their testimony, prosecutors working for the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s office requested the release of 758 of the 989 conscripts. An Istanbul court ruled in favor of their release on the grounds their arrests were no longer necessary and that they did not pose a flight risk.

Among those released were military high school students.

According to the latest figures by Interior Minister Efkan Ala, over 9,000 people, mostly military, have been put under arrest in the aftermath of the failed coup, which caused the deaths of over 200 people.

Over the past few days, Turkey has suspended, detained or put under investigation more than 60,000 soldiers, judges, teachers, journalists and others suspected of ties to the network of US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen.

Earlier, confirming a government decree, a Turkish official said that 87 land army generals, 30 air force generals, and 32 admirals — a total of 149 — were dishonourably discharged over their complicity in the July 15 putsch bid.

Turkey dismissed 88 employees of the foreign ministry, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday, while 1,099 officers and 436 junior officers have also received a dishonourable discharge.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who survived the biggest threat to his 13-year domination of the country when supporters countered the plotters on the streets, has blamed the attempted overthrow on US-based preacher Fethullah Gulen.

(Inputs from Reuters)

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