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The only female suspect of coup indictments retracts her earlier statements, claims given under threat

The only female suspect of coup indictments: I gave my statement at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff under a threat of being executed.

The female officer Kübra Yavuz who escorted out MIT undersecretary Hakan Fidan after his visit to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Hulusi Akar on the eve of 15th July coup attempt expressed that she gave her personal statement under pressure at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The only female suspect of the main indictment in which 211 people are being accused of what happened on the on the night of 15th July at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff, Kübra Yavuz is also alleged to be among those who stole the questions of Public Personnel Selection Examination (KPSS) in 2010.

After the video records of that night at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff was released, it was learned that Kübra Yavuz was escorting out MIT undersecretary Hakan Fidan at 20:22. Moments before the coup launched.

According to the news reported by Asuman Aranca in Sözcü newspaper, it was included in the indictment that Ms. Yavuz gave her statement on August 2nd, 2016 at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff. In her statement, she mentioned that she stayed at the dormitory of Dokuz Eylül University in 2009 and she was given under the supervision of “Elif Abla” who was responsible for public dormitories. She also added in her statement that towards her graduation in 2010, Ms. Yavuz was conveyed a message, stating that she not need to worry for KPSS as something else was being planned for her. In the intimate meetings with her “Elif Abla”, Ms. Yavuz was told to lead a life that pleases Allah and is on path of Hizmet movement.

When Ms. Yavuz was asked to apply online for a position at the office of Turkish Land Forces, she was told to do some physical exercise and not need to worry about the other requirements.

She emphasized that for the aptitude test, she was given the questions by “Selim abi” in Izmir and was told to memorize all the answers.

However,  Kübra Yavuz during her 2nd interrogation at the prosecutor’s office, while denying the previous statement, gave the following statement:

On 2nd August, when I went to the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff as a regular workday, I was taken into the room of Secretary General.  In the room was Lieutenant General Zekai Aksakallı from Special Forces along with his 3 personnel. Lieutenant General Aksakallı began cornering me by saying that he had all the video records so she had to explain her connections since she was involved. He threatened her by mentioning either she would be executed or released. She also noted that she gave her statement at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff under the pressure of such threats.

In her statement at Attorney General’s office, Kübra Yavuz defended herself, pointing out that she got admission the office of Turkish Land Forces by passing the exam in August 2010 and that she does not have any connection with Hizmet movement. Ms. Yavuz claimed that she gave her statement at the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff under pressure, all allegations in her statement was fictional and the names are all fake and none of the incidents mentioned in her statement are real.

She was prosecuted for being a member of terrorist group, not from the coup attempt.

In the indictment, as a result of administrative investigation carried out by the office of Joint Chiefs of Staff, she was found to be a member of Hizmet movement and there was no credible evidence that she was a part of the coup attempt. Ms. Kübra Yavuz will be prosecuted for upto 15 years in prison if the indictment is accepted.

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