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Tuesday, September 13 2011 , Your time is 15:58:00
Reading the accusations in the indictment, listening to the defense of the suspect and evaluating all the evidence is fundamental when trying to express an objective opinion about a legal case that is continuing.
I have been writing about the indictments in the July 2016 coup attempt case and the ongoing trials for many months.
The same thing happens at every hearing in the ongoing trials on Turkey’s July 2016 coup attempt: While the hearing is continuing, someone in the audience in the section reserved for the families of those killed or injured stands up and starts shouting.
In Ankara this week I closely followed the defense and questioning of Ahmet Tosun, one of the most critical suspects in the Akıncı Air Base case trial.
There are many cases that raise questions on where to draw the line on criminal actions during the coup attempt on the night of July 15, 2016.
In a televised interview seven days after the July 15, 2016, coup attempt, Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım did not hide his anger toward the air forces.
Air Forces Secretary General Staff Colonel Veysel Kavak is talking to Brigadier General Kemal Mutlum, the head of Air Defense and Command.
There was big chaos and a power struggle in the Turkish airspace on the night of the July 15, 2016, coup attempt.
“At around 8:00 a.m., we got on a vehicle with the commander and arrived in front of a building belonging to the Americans. The commander went inside and I stayed in the vehicle,” an eyewitness said.
They are all actually well aware that they are in an abnormal situation. For example, the co-pilot of the tanker aircraft “ASENA 3,” Lieutenant Fatih Akbulut, said in his testimony, “The base commander said, ‘You will go north in the direction of Ankara, you will supply fuel to the aircraft that asks for fuel from you.
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