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Turkey’s top imam: I was at Turkish Intel HQs on coup night, but learned about it from wife

The head of the presidency of religious affairs, Mehmet Gormez, who is getting ready to leave his office, made quiet a revelation about the coup night, more than a year after it happened.

It was previously reported that Görmez met with Turkish Intel Chief Hakan Fidan on coup evening, but the details such as where, when and how, never became public.

Gormez is turned out to be at the headquarters of the Turkish intelligence agency (MIT) in Yenimahalle, Ankara at around 10PM the night of the coup attempt. Gormez has claimed that he learned the news of the coup from his wife despite being at the MIT’s headquarter.

It has been claimed that the idea of broadcasting religious messages throughout the night of the coup from all mosques was put forward by Gormez.

According to sources, the night of the coup attempt Gormez was having dinner with MIT’s director, Hakan Fidan as well as Syrian rebel group leaders and the SMDK’s old president Muraz el-Hatib. After receiving a call at 10 PM he apparently swiftly left MIT’s headquarters, and the other people present at the meeting took refuge in a bunker.

According to this new revelation, Turkey’s top imam was at dinner with MIT chief as late as 22.00 and later onwhich means even after the whole country knew there was a coup attempt underway, these two leading figures are still at the table.

Mrs.Hatice: ‘Mehmet there is a coup happening’

According to records, Gormez’s wife, Hatice Gormez, had called her husband at 10PM and said : ‘Mehmet there is a coup happening” after receiving news of the coup from an employee at the presidential palace.

Gormez: “I am somewhere where I would learn about such a thing before you”

Since Gormez was at the headquarter of MIT, he allegedly answered his wife’s concerns with the following: “I am somewhere where I would learn about such a thing before you, maybe it is a terror attack?”

Turns out that just like the president Erdogan, Mehmet Gormez had also learned the coup from a relative and had a hard time believing the news. Erdogan said he learned the coup by a phone call from his brother in law. Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım even a year after the coup, still says he doesn’t know why he was not informed by MIT Chief about the coup that night.

After the call, Gormez had taken a guarded vehicle and gave the order of broadcasting prayers all night long to the mosques. His order was apparently also approved by Erdogan.

Translated by Denizalp Göktaş

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