Today, Monday, the Turkish authorities managed to arrest ten retired admirals after the statement sent by more than a hundred former officers criticizing a project by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to build a canal in Istanbul.
According to the Turkish Prosecutor General’s Office, the ten retired admirals have been placed in custody pending investigation.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan
He explained that there are four other former officers who were not arrested due to their age, but were asked to appear before the Ankara police in the next three days.
The public prosecutor began investigating the officers who signed the letter, under the charge of “meeting to undermine state security and the constitutional order.”
Earlier on Sunday, Turkish officials criticized the letter, which was signed by more than 100 retired admirals.
Turkish officials warned of this step, as it represents a “threat to the (Istanbul Canal) project on an agreement that guarantees freedom of passage in the Bosphorus Strait.”
Revive the coup
For his part, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu considered the statement issued by A.For retired officers As “a style that evokes a coup.”
Ihsanoglu stressed during a phone call to him through one of the Turkish channels that the Istanbul Water Canal, which Turkey intends to open, does not affect the Montreux Agreement. (Concerning the movement of ships through the Turkish straits) and that the agreement also has no effect on the canal project.
And the Turkish Foreign Minister added that all those behind the statement do not mean the Montreux Agreement, but are targeting President Erdogan himself and his government.
In a tweet by Egyptian writer Gamal Sultan, one of the generals who issued the statement threatening Erdogan’s government in Turkey appeared on a TV program.
One of the generals who issued a statement threatening the governmentin a He appeared on a TV program saying: If we do not bring down this government, foreign countries will do the same. He was arrested by order of the Attorney General, and the head of the communications department in the Turkish presidency responded to the generals’s statement saying: Your statement is under our feet!
– Jamal Sultan (mal GamalSultan1)
He used to say: “If we do not bring down this government, foreign countries will do the same thing.”
Adding that he was arrested by order of the Attorney General, and the head of the communications department in the Turkish presidency responded to the generals’s statement, saying. : Your statement is under our feet!
For his part, the head of the communication department in the Turkish presidency, Fakhreddin Al-Tun, said, “It is not only those who signed but also who. Encourage them to do so, they will be brought before the courts. ”
The Turkish Ministry of Defense commented on the matter yesterday, Sunday, through a statement saying that “the army cannot be used. As a means to achieve personal ends for those who do not have any mission or responsibility.
The ministry’s statement added, “Such a statement will only harm our democracy and negatively affect morale. The motives of the Turkish armed forces and the happiness of our enemies ”.
Last month, Turkey approved a number of projects to develop the shipping channel in Istanbul. This led to controversy over the “Montreux” agreement signed in 1936.
The construction of the Istanbul Canal project is considered among the most prominent projects of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which he, in turn, describes as. “Crazy projects” to create a state of change in the infrastructure of airports, bridges, roads and tunnels.
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