Dec 29 2017

'Coup hero' turns self in as Gülenist

A soldier called a hero and given a medal after being shot trying to stop the July 15, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey has turned himself in at police headquarters in Ankara and admitted to being a member of the Gülen movement which is accused of carrying out the abortive putsch, Cumhuriyet said.

Captain Burak Akın, who was part of Land Forces Commander General Yaşar Güler’s protection team, surprised police by admitting he was a member of the movement, run by U.S.-based Turkish preacher Fethullah Gülen.

Akın was rewarded with a medal after video footage showed him trying to impede the coup attempt and getting shot in the leg. His attackers refused to let him bandage it up.

In a statement to police, Akın told officers that the movement was trying to put pressure on him and that he could not take it any more.

 

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