US Urges Turkey to Act Within Rule of Law as it Probes Coup Attempt

Members of the police special forces stand guard in front of the Air Force Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. – VOA NEWS
Members of the police special forces stand guard in front of the Air Force Academy in Istanbul, Turkey, July 18, 2016. – VOA NEWS

{VOA NEWS Online} – The United States is urging Turkey to exercise restraint and act within the rule of law as it investigates last week’s failed coup, amid conflicting reports about whether a former Air Force commander confessed to being a ringleader of the attempted takeover.

The state-run Anadolu news agency reported that 8,777 officers have been suspended and 6,000 members of the judiciary and military have been detained following the attempted coup Friday, sparking concern from world leaders who warn against actions that would damage constitutional order.

On Monday, Anadolu quoted General Akin Ozturk, who earlier had denied involvement in the uprising against the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as saying that he “acted with the intention of carrying out a coup.” READ MORE OF THIS REPORT

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.