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Turkey’s former interior minister can be arrested

Türkiye Materials 29 July 2016 14:30 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 29

By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:

Turkey’s former interior minister Idris Naim Sahin can be arrested for being involved in the military coup attempt in the country, as well as for having ties to Fethullah Gulen’s organization, the Sabah newspaper reported July 29.

Reportedly, the former interior minister is also accused of being involved in murdering 34 residents of Sirnak province in December 2011. They were smugglers, but were killed for allegedly having ties to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK).

Naim Sahin resigned in 2013 after the corruption scandal in Turkey.

On July 15 evening, Turkish authorities said a military coup attempt took place in the country. Meanwhile, a group of servicemen announced about transition of power to them.

However, the rebelling servicemen started to surrender July 16 and Turkish authorities said the coup attempt failed. Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the death toll as a result of the military coup attempt stood at 246 people excluding the coup plotters and over 2,000 people were wounded.

Erdogan declared a three-month state of emergency in Turkey on July 20.

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