Turkey: New acting commander appointed to gendarmerie

Türkiye Materials 20 July 2016 12:36 (UTC +04:00)

Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Galip Mendi, who was held hostage during the July 15 failed coup attempt, was hospitalized late on July 19, prompting the appointment of a new acting commander, Hurriyet reported.

Mendi had been suffering from heart disease and was taken to Gülhane Military Hospital (GATA) on July 19, as Lt. Gen. İbrahim Yaşar was assigned to his position as the acting commander, according to Doğan News Agency.

The assignment of Yaşar was carried out after it was understood Mendi would be receiving long-term treatment.

Earlier reports on July 19 said he had been suspended from his position.

Mendi was held hostage by the coup attempting soldiers at the Akıncı Base in Ankara. He was later rescued and returned to his post.