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AKP coup commission members refuse to hear putschist general’s testimony

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The parliamentary Coup Investigation Commission on Thursday declined to hear the testimony of putschist general Mehmet Dişli, the brother of a senior ruling party politician, due to the “nay” votes of governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) commission members.

The members of the commission from the AKP also refused to hear the testimony of military officers who bombed the parliament building on July 15.

Maj. Gen. Dişli, brother of AKP Deputy Chairman Şaban Dişli, was actively involved in the coup and was arrested after the attempt failed. The five opposition deputies on the commission voted in favor of hearing the testimony of Dişli and others, but the commission’s seven AKP deputies voted against.

There are also rumors within Parliament that the opposition deputies also want to hear from the head of the National Intelligence Organization (MİT), Hakan Fidan, and Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar despite an earlier decision not to invite them as witnesses despite their key roles in the incident.

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