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Monday, 25 July 2016

Turkey — Amnesty International says detained military officers being systematically tortured, raped. Pro-government newspaper names US commander as coup leader.

Detained Turkish soldiers accused of participating in Turkey’s failed coup earlier this month are “being subjected to beatings and torture, including [redacted], in official and unofficial detention centres in the country,” Amnesty International said on Sunday, citing what it calls credible evidence. “Two lawyers in Ankara working on behalf of detainees told Amnesty International that detainees said they witnessed senior military officers in detention being [readacted] with a truncheon or finger by police officers.” A police officer who wished not to be named in their report said one detainee passed out from his injuries, which appeared to be the result of a beating. The officer heard a police doctor say about the detainee: “Let him die. We will say he came to us dead.”

Front page of pro-government Turkish newspaper names US commander as coup plotter: Turkish political analyst Ilhan Tanir tweeted an image of the front page of pro-AKP newspaper Yeni Safak on Sunday, which names retired US General John F. Campbell as one of the leaders of Turkey’s failed coup. Gen. Campbell does not appear to have served for any period of time at the US’ only military base in Turkey, Incirlik Air Base.

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