Bekir Bozdağ

Ruling AKP lawmakers press charges against former top commander

Six lawmakers from the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) have filed criminal complaints against former Chief of General Staff İlker Başbuğ after he said FETÖ, the group behind the 2016 defeated coup attempt, had played a significant role in the adoption of laws in parliament that resulted in several military personnel to serve jail time over a decade ago.

Ankara: Issue of Turkish officers a thorn in relations

Turkey has escalated its rhetoric with regard to the eight Turkish servicemen it wants extradited, insisting that the issue will remain at the core of its differences with Greece.

The servicemen, who Ankara wants to put on trial for their alleged role in the 2016 coup attempt, were released from custody by a Greek court on Monday afternoon.

Bozdag: Turkey intends to 'detect and destroy' terrorists

Turkish deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag said Monday that Ankara's policy is to "detect and destroy" terrorists inside Turkey and in nearby states, adding that authorities were determined to bring the leader of FETO (an abbreviation standing for the "Gulenist Terror Group," which is how Ankara refers to Gulen's movement) to justice over his role in the 2016 failed coup.

Opposition demands answers from PM over Turkish extradition claims

Opposition chief Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to respond to claims by a Turkish government spokesman that Athens had pledged to extradite eight Turkish servicemen wanted by Ankara in connection with the botched coup of 2016.

Mitsotakis said that it was time for Tsipras to "give some answers" with regards to "unacceptable" Turkish comments.