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Erdoğan to coup investigation commission: Finalize your work as soon as possible

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The parliamentary commission established to investigate a failed coup attempt on July 15 should conclude its work as soon as possible, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told media on Friday.

“Actually, I do not want to talk more about the issue. The coup commission has done what it is required to do. I think it would be right for the commission to quickly take its last steps, prepare a final report and finalize its task,” Erdoğan said in response to a question from the media asking the president’s opinion about the commission’s upcoming schedule.

The commission, on Nov. 24, declined to hear the testimony of the allegedly putschist general Mehmet Dişli, the brother of a senior ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) politician, due to the “nay” votes of the commission members from the AKP.

Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputy Aykut Erdoğdu said on Dec. 3 that the AKP is trying to obscure the realities behind the failed coup attempt because the commission is being prevented from doing its job by “hidden hands.”

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.

Reşat Petek, an AKP deputy and the chairman of the commission, said the commission has so far been unable to hear Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar over the coup attempt because he is busy commanding wars on multiple fronts.

Petek also underlined that the commission needs to obtain permission from the prime minister in order to hear the testimony of National Intelligence Organization (MİT) head Hakan Fidan concerning the coup attempt.

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