Turkish Nato officers ‘seek asylum’ after failed coup

Source: BBC

A number of Turkish officers posted to Nato have sought asylum since the country’s failed military coup in July, Nato’s secretary-general has said.

Jens Stoltenberg said the officers had requested asylum in the countries where they had been posted but gave no names, numbers or reasons for the requests.

The countries involved will consider the cases individually.

Turkey has dismissed, suspended, detained or arrested tens of thousands of people since the July coup attempt.

Many have been in the military, although others are teachers, policemen, judges and journalists.

Turkey’s attempted coup

US and EU officials have expressed concern over Turkey’s use of emergency laws, which have been in place since the failed coup and which allow the president and cabinet effectively to rule by decree.

More than 240 people, many of them civilians, died in the events of 15 July.

The Turkish government’s crackdown has targeted those it suspects of links to the man it believes masterminded the coup attempt – the cleric, Fethullah Gulen.

He lives in self-imposed exile in Pennsylvania in the United States and has denied any involvement.

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