Turkish parliament commission set to probe coup attempt

Alaturka Amerika ABD Haberleri

By Coskun Ergul

ANKARA (AA) – Turkey’s parliament is set to establish a commission to investigate the July 15 coup attempt.

Parliamentary sources told the Anadolu Agency that proposals by the four parties in parliament – the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), and Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) – to investigate the coup attempt would be merged by the general assembly.

Last week, the political parties said they would present proposals to explore the deadly coup attempt, which martyred at least 246 people and injured more than 2,100 others.

The source, speaking on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media, said that all the proposals would be merged in the general assembly, where representatives of each party would speak up to 20 minutes on Tuesday.

It is expected that a single parliamentary commission will be formed including MPs from each party.

The commission would have the right to question suspects in jail or outside like prosecutors, even during the ongoing judicial process, but would have no right to impose punishment.

The July 15 deadly coup attempt occurred when rogue elements in the Turkish military tried to overthrow the country’s democratically elected government.

Turkey’s government has repeatedly said the deadly plot, which martyred at least 246 people and injured more than 2,100 others, was organized by followers of U.S.-based preacher Fetullah Gulen.

Gulen is also accused of a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police. and judiciary, forming what is commonly known as the parallel state.

* Ilker Girit contributed to this report from Istanbul.

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