The regiment commander said that the head of “council of peace at home” was Hulusi Akar
The detainee Lieutenant Şamil Topal, who was on duty at the 106th artillery regiment in Islahiye, Gaziantep on the night of the coup attempt, claimed: The regiment commander Captain Turgut Çelebi said that Hulusi Akar was the head of “council of peace at home”.
The first hearing of the law suit filed by the 7th High Criminal Court of Gaziantep about 12 detained, 35 soldiers from the 106th artillery regiment -including the regiment commander Turgut Çelebi- demanding five times heavy life sentence for each, due to “being a member of an armed terrorist organization”, “attempting to abolish Turkish Grand National Assembly or obstructing its duties”, “armed rebellion against Turkish Republic”, and “attempting to abolish the government of Turkish Republic or obstructing its duties” was held.
DHA reported: The detainee Lieutenant Şamil Topal, who was one of the company commanders of the regiment at July 15th told that he arrived Islahiye (he was assigned from Erzurum) on July 11th and for the first 3 days he dealt with settling his home, his children’s school procedures and joining the unit. He claimed that on July 15th, he went to the regiment as the duty officer called and summoned him; there the regiment commander Captain Turgut Çelebi held a meeting and said that Hulusi Akar was the head of “council of peace at home”. Topal allegedly said that Çelebi asked about the vehicles at hand and announced that martial law would be declared at 03:00 a.m. and curfew at 06:00 a.m. Topal said: “I have not done anything against the law, I didn’t hand over any guns or removed any vehicles. I have been detained wrongfully since 8 months. I demand my acquittal and release.”
Translated by Güliz Türker