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AKAR TESTIFIED AT A CLOSED SESSION TO PREVENT DEFENDANTS ASKING QUESTIONS

It is reported that the Chief of General Staff of Turkish Armed Forces, Hulusi Akar who has not testified before regarding July 15 controversial coup attempt, is favoured. Ankara 17th Criminal Court called Akar to a ‘closed session’ last Thursday to prevent defendants asking him further questions. Ankara 17th Criminal Court called Chief of General Staff Hulusi Akar and General Yaşar Güler to testify at the trial as part of the investigation of the developments at the General staff during the controlled coup in which 221 people are defendants including members of the ‘Council of Peace at Home’. Chief of General Staff Akar did not go to hearing on February 19 providing the military operation to Afrin as an excuse. Journalist Adem Yavuz Arslan claimed that Akar and Güler’s lawyers applied to the court and requested generals to testify on March 22 because of their busy schedule. The court listened to the generals at a closed session without even notifying defendants or their lawyers. Similarly, one of the most critical figures of the July 15 controversial coup General Ümit Dündar who is the deputy chief of general staff did not attend hearings but testified at a closed session. In this way, defendants and their lawyers are prevented from asking any question to most critical three figures of the coup attempt before the court.

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