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12 lawyers arrested in Turkey in post-coup shakedown

Türkiye Materials 30 July 2016 12:07 (UTC +04:00)

Baku, Azerbaijan, July 30

By Orkhan Guluzade – Trend:

Twelve out of 20 earlier detained lawyers have been arrested in the Turkish city of Konya due to the involvement in the military coup attempt, Sabah newspaper reported July 30.

Other detained lawyers have been released after being examined by prosecutors.

Earlier, Turkey’s Interior Minister Efkan Ala said that the number of detainees over the military coup attempt has reached 18,000, and 9,677 of them are arrested.

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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