Gülenist anti-coup hero released from detention

A Turkish court has released a military officer hailed as a hero after he was shot trying to stop the July 2016 failed coup attempt, but who later handed himself into police custody as a member of the Gülen movement that was blamed for carrying out the abortive putsch, Hürriyet newspaper said.

Captain Burak Akın, who was part of the security detail of Land Forces Commander Yaşar Güler, was caught on video being shot in the leg by rebel officers as he sought to act stop them at the General Staff Headquarters on the night of the coup.

Akın was hailed as a hero and even received a medal, but 17 months later he handed himself in and admitted he had been a member of the Gülen movement.

He was released alongside two other captains after all three agreed to tell authorities what they knew about the movement as part of requests for leniency. Their testimony led to four further arrests, the newspaper said.

The Gülen movement, which the Turkish government calls the Fethullahist Terror Organisation (FETÖ), is a religious sect that follows a reclusive Turkish preacher living in Pennsylvania.

There were 265 deaths and around 1440 people wounded during the course of the coup attempt.