Alleged Organizers of the Turkey’s Coup D’État Visited the US 4 Times In 2016
Two alleged facilitators of the coup attempt in Turkey on the July 16, Kemal Batmaz and Adil Öksüz visited the U.S. four times in 2016, according to the Anadolu news agency with reference to the Ankara prosecutor’s office
Batmaz, CEO of the Kaynak Paper Company, is called one of the organizers of the rebellion. He was placed under arrest. A former employee of the University of Sakarya Adil Öksüz was immediately detained after the coup attempt, but then released and is currently on the wanted list.
According to the prosecution, from 11 to 13 July Batmaz and Öksüz were in America, which was their last trip to the US before the mutiny.
On 15July 2016, a coup d'état was attempted in Turkey by a group of insurgents against state institutions. The main fights took place in Ankara and Istanbul. More than 240 Turkish citizens were killed, more than 2,000 people were injured. Finally, the uprising was suppressed. The Turkish authorities have accused Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen, who is in opposition, of the involvement in the coup attempt and demanded the US to hand over the cleric. Gulen himself condemned the rebellion and declared his innocence.
After the mutiny about 32 thousand of people were arrested and more than 70 thousand civil servants were fired or suspended from work for being allegedly connected to Gulen organization.