The rapid pace of arrests since the coup attempt has anxious many of Turkey's Western allies, who say they see the country going down an increasingly authoritarian road. Authorities detained Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen after he was accused of starting and facilitating the military coup attempt. " Come here and see how serious this is", EU Minister Omer Celik said at a foreign media briefing.
Police also detained Kerime Kurmas - reportedly Turkey's only female fighter pilot - accusing her of being one of the rebel air force officers who flew thundering F-16 jets low over the roofs of Istanbul on the coup night. On the other hand, the political commentator noted, the United States has a "vast intelligence agency and that it should not have known the coup was coming is very disturbing in and of itself", adding that Russian authorities had reportedly tipped off Ankara about an ...
The officials described Hanci as a right-hand man of Gulen and responsible for transferring funds to him. His critics fear he is using the aborted coup to wage an indiscriminate crackdown on dissent. Parliament must still approve the decree but requires only a simple majority, which the ruling AK Party founded by Erdogan and in power in Turkey since 2002 commands.
Erdogan blamed Fethullah Gulen, a reclusive cleric based in the United States, for the botched attempt and said those behind the coup would pay a heavy price. Turkey pushed on with a sweeping crackdown against suspected plotters of its failed coup Saturday, July 23, defiantly telling European Union critics it had no choice but to root out hidden enemies.
On Saturday it was reported that the Gulen's nephew, Muhammed Sait Gulen , was apprehended in the city of Erzurum in Turkey, his uncle's native region. This is not the time for a slippery USA approach to a Turkish military coup attempt. Security sources said that the court has issued a decision to arrest 283 from the 300 presidential guard officers.
Now that's something astounding! According to film distributor Raj Bansal, " Kabali " went on to make Rs 42 crores on day one, beating the collection of Salman Khan's "Sultan". Long queues could be seen outside the Rex cinema at Mackenzie Road, where a 4m tall cutout of Rajinikanth stands, on the movie's opening day. The total Box Office collection of Kabali in two days will be around 80 crores.