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The US Embassy to Ankara confirmed that the US Consulate in Istanbul called one of the alleged organizers of the coup attempt in Turkey a few days after the riots.

People demonstrate in front of the Republic Monument at the Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey, July 16, 2016 (Photo: Reuters / Murad Sezer)

The Turkish security forces found that one of the alleged organizers of the coup attempt in Turkey, Adil Oksuz, received a phone call from the US Consulate in Istanbul a few days after the riots, the Anadolu news agency reported, citing a source in the Ankara prosecutor’s office.

According to the news agency’s source, the call from a phone number, registered on the US diplomatic mission, was received by Oksuz on July 21. This fact is reflected in the indictment prepared by the prosecutor’s office, which will be submitted to the court in the near future.

The US Embassy to Ankara confirmed that such a phone call to one of the alleged organizers of the coup attempt, Adil Oksuz, really took place. According to the embassy, the US Consulate General in Istanbul called him on a visa issue.

“On that day, the Turkish National Police called the US Mission Turkey to request our assistance in preventing Adil Oksuz from fleeing Turkey. We then revoked his US visa and, as required by US law, tried to call him to inform him of the cancellation,” a statement, posted on the website of the diplomatic mission, reads.

In November of the last year, Anadolu reported, citing the Ankara prosecutor’s office, that two coordinators of the coup attempt in Turkey, Kemal Batmaz and Adil Oksuz, visited the US four times in 2016, their last trip lasted since 11 to 13 July. A former university’s employee Sakarya Oksuz was detained immediately after the coup attempt, but then released, and now he is on the wanted list.

On the night of July 16, 2016, a group of rebels attempted a military coup in Turkey. The main confrontation unfolded in Ankara and Istanbul. More than 240 Turkish citizens were killed, while over 2,000 others were wounded. The mutiny was suppressed. The Turkish authorities accused opposition Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen of involvement in the coup attempt and demanded the US to extradite him. Gulen himself condemned the coup attempt and declared his innocence.


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