Turkish President Erdogan Purges State Military

Monday, 18 July 2016 , 17:00:00 WIB - International

Two soldiers guarding Turkey Airport. (ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS - The Turkey military's attempt to topple the government on Friday, July 15, 2016, has failed. Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has started to purge the rebels in his government and the military. However, some people considered that the coup was only a made up scenario to raise the President's image that gets tarnished by numerous corruption cases and rumors about his connection with the notorious extremist group ISIS.

The purge of Turkish military internal that drags soldiers and even judges that are suspected to be involved in the Turkey coup d'etat is conducted a day after the coup attempted.

The administration of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has detained 2,839 military personnel. "The number may increase," said Prime Minister Binali Yildirim, as reported by Al Jazeera on Sunday, July 17, 2016.

Binali announced that 161 civilians become martyrs, 1,440 got injured, and more than 2,000 soldiers who attempted the coup, including some senior General-grade officers, got killed in the failed coup attempt. Meanwhile, 5 generals and 29 colonels are dismissed.

There are the other senior officials who refused to reveal themselves to Al Jazeera, a General was also arrested for allegedly involved in the coup attempt. "General Erdal Ozturk, the Commander of the Third Troop, has been arrested," he said.

According to him, they have prepared a junta for some time. The rebels have also prepared some military officials to take the governor's position and the head of government institutions.

"Ozturk is one of the coup masterminds," said the another official to the Associated Press news agency.

Separately, 182 military personnel from different grades, including senior commanders, got arrested in the Southeastern part of Diyarbakir Province.

Some of them who got arrested are Maj. Gen. Metin Akkaya, Garrison Commander of Isparta Maj. Gen. Mustafa Kurutmaz, and Commander of the Second Troop Gen. Adem Huduti based who are based on Malatya and responsible for protecting the border of Turkey with Syria, Iraq, and Iran.

Besides the military, the Turkish government has also arrested the law enforcers from the justice agency. Not only common court judges, but several high-court judges also got arrested for the coup attempt. "Turkish high court institution, Hakimler ve Savc─▒lar Yuksek Kurulu (HSYK), also fired 2,745 judges last Saturday," Anadolu Turkish news agency reported, last Sunday.

A senior officer of Turkey, who refused to introduce himself, said to Al Jazeera that at least two Constitutional Court judges and ten judges of HSYK have been fired. The judges got arrested after the government found the evidence that shows their financial transactions and communication with numerous people.

Another source of information also tells that five officials of HSYK got fired, and 140 Turkish Supreme Court members are being investigated.

HSYK held a meeting to take a decision whether some of the judges that are considered by President Erdogan as the followers of Fethullah Gulen may continue their duties or not. Erdogan suspected that Gulen is the mastermind of the coup attempt.

FETHULLAH GULEN -Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated that his administration is now under control after the coup failed. Despite this, he asked the United States (US) to arrest and deport Fethullah Gulen to Turkey. Gulen is an Ulama from Turkey who is currently keeping himself apart from the Turkish government in Pennsylvania, US.

Turkish Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has contacted the US Foreign Affairs Minister John Kerry and told him that Gulen is the mastermind behind the coup attempt. "We didn't mean to talk about extradition in our conversation yesterday. However, I confirmed that the coup was attempted by Gulen, who's currently in the US now, and he still has the power to control the Turkish Military," Mevlut Cavusoglu said in an interview at Ankara, as quoted by Reuters, Sunday (17/7).

Previously, Fethullah Gulen has declined that he was the mastermind behind the coup attempt. "As a person who have suffered under military coups in the last five decades, this insults me because they have suspected me of being involved in the attempt. I clearly deny the statement," Gulen said vehemently.

"I'm cursing the coup attempt in Turkey," Gulen added in his short statement.

He said firmly that the government should win through a fair and free election process. "Not by violence," said the Ulama, who's currently at his 75th age, and was a close partner of Erdogan.

Gulen moved to the US in 1999. Previously, he was suspected of a rebellion in Turkey. Before that, Gulen and Erdogan was a partner, but they fought for the last few years as Erdogan suspected Hizmet movement led by Gulen. Now, the movement starts to protrude within the Turkey public, including media, the police, and courts.

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