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Turkish family files criminal case against US officers

Family of July 15 coup-bid martyr accuse US military officers of 'aiding and abetting' pro-coup forces at Incirlik Air Base

Satuk Buğra Kutlugün   | 19.10.2016
Turkish family files criminal case against US officers Parents of Muhammet Oguz Kilinc


ANTALYA, Turkey 

The family of a July 15 martyr filed a criminal complaint against U.S. military officers Tuesday accusing them of “aiding and abetting” pro-coup forces at Turkey’s Incirlik Air Base.

Zeki Kilinc, father of martyr Muhammet Oguz Kilinc, came to Antalya court house Tuesday and confirmed he filed the criminal complaint.

Kilinc, who said his family were in contact with other families of martyred citizens, said "betrayers to Turkey are currently living in the United States and protected by certain powers".

"I believe that other families of martyrs will file criminal complaints as well," said Kilinc. "We all know that FETO [Fetullah Terrorist Organization] is a terrorist group and we want the necessary steps to be taken."

After it was discovered that Turkish forces at Incirlik were involved in the coup, the authorities cut electricity to the base.

The U.S. then launched aircraft from the base using an internal power system until commercial electricity was restored.

Turkey accuses FETO, which is led by U.S.-based Fetullah Gulen, of organizing the defeated coup as well as a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

The defeated coup left 241 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

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