Turkey coup attempt: 6,000 people detained

Eight Turkish soldiers seeking political asylum in Greece, where they arrived by helicopter hours after the failed coup d’etat in Turkey, on Sunday appeared before the district attorney.

Speaking to the private television channel, Skai, the lawyer who represented the soldiers, said they denied involvement in the failed coup, but feared an unfair trial if they were to be extradited to Turkey, Efe news reported.

At least 265 persons died in clashes during the failed coup that started on Friday night. Of them, 161 were civilians and police officers, while 104 were alleged coup supporters.

The Turkish government has since launched a wave of mass arrests, nearly 3,000 alleged coup-plotters have been detained.

France’s foreign minister has warned Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan against using his country’s failed coup as a “blank cheque” to silence his opponents.

“We want the rule of law to work properly in Turkey,” Jean-Marc Ayrault told French television, warning Turkey’s government against “purges”.

His remarks came as Turkish authorities continued a crackdown over the coup, arresting over 6,000 people accused of involvement in the putsch or of supporting the coup plotters.
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