Military greeting of CHP leader to be investigated

An investigation will be opened regarding a ceremonial guard of honor for main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) leader Kemal Kılıçdaroğlu at a military base in the northwestern province of Balıkesir on April 13, Defense Minister Fikri Işık said yesterday.

"The commander of the Turkish Air Force has conducted an investigation, but this institution is under my control. I also have an inspection committee. So, I ordered the head of the committee [to make an] inspection. I told him, 'Go, investigate this incident, conduct the necessary investigation and bring me a report about it," Işık told broadcaster TV 24, adding that the statement by the commander of the Turkish Air Force was not binding.

"The statement from the commander of the Turkish Air Force that was made last night is an internal statement. It is not binding. The final decision belongs to our ministry's inspection committee," he said. 

'No ill intentions'

Abidin Ünal, commander of Turkish Air Force, said on April 23 admitted that a mistake had been made but that were no ill intentions.

"An inspection was started with a directive from the Chief of General Staff. I completed an inspection and presented a report. But let me say two words. There was no ill intention, but there was a mistake," he said.
Işık said they would evaluate the incident following the report. 

"We will take action according to the report. The order which I gave now is an order to conduct an inspection and, if necessary, an investigation," he said.      

The Turkish General Staff stated on April 14 that it was starting an investigation amid the debate sparked by Kılıçdaroğlu's visit to the military base. 

"The issue regarding Kılıçdaroğlu's...

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