Turkish generals nabbed in Dubai

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Ankara: Two Turkish gener­als, detained in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while away from their posts in Afghanistan, have now been returned to Turkey.

The generals, detained by Emirati authorities in connection with Turkey’s abortive coup, have been identified as Major General Cahit Bakir, who command­ed Turkish forces under NATO com­mand in Afghanistan, and Brigadier General Sener Topuc, responsible for education and aid there.

The arrests are widely believed to be linked to Turkey’s sweeping crackdown against people deemed involved in the July 25 putsch.

The botched coup began when a faction of the Turkish military de­clared that it was in control of the country and that the government was no more in charge. Tanks, he­licopters, and soldiers then clashed with police and people on the streets of the capital, Ankara, and Istanbul.

A total of 290 people were killed in the attempted coup d’état, which was harshly suppressed. More than 13,000 people have been detained ever since.

Also on Tuesday, President Re­cep Tayyip Erdogan repeated his government’s intention to reintro­duce the death penalty, which the country annulled in 2004 as part of a raft of measures to qualify for join­ing the European Union (EU).

Europe ‘not honest’ with Turkey

Erdogan, who was being inter­viewed by German public broad­caster ARD, also accused European states of lax commitment to their ar­rangements with Turkey.

He was talking about an EU-Turkey deal sealed in March under which Ankara agreed to take back all the asylum seekers and refugees reaching Europe via Turkey in re­turn for financial aid, visa liberaliza­tion and the acceleration of Turkey’s EU membership negotiations.

“The [European] governments are not honest,” Erdogan said, add­ing that the EU had promised USD three billion (EUR 2.7 billion) under the deal but so far only paid a nomi­nal USD one to two million.

“Three million Syrians, or peo­ple from Iraq, are now in Turkey,” he said. “The EU has not kept its prom­ises on the matter.”

 

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