Turkey issues detention orders for 34 former state TV personnel

Aaron Brown
July 15, 2017

"There can be no question of lifting emergency rule with all this happening", Mr. Erdogan said in a speech to investors in Ankara as the arrests were being carried out.

Gulen, however, has insisted that he has never supported a coup or any attempts to oust Erdogan.

"The Government of Turkey has repeatedly extended its state of emergency authority since the failed coup attempt in July 2016", the group wrote in a letter to Trump.

"I now call on the world that if you do not contribute to the restoration of honor [of those victims from July 15 coup], you should know that you will not receive anyone that is captured by us", Erdogan said.

"It was not just legitimate for Turkey but was the only option", he said, adding that such legal measures are applied by all countries when needed to cope with extraordinary situations.

"Turkey's fight against terrorism is vital to the security of Europe".

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Speaking on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Hamburg last week, Erdogan insisted the arrests had been made on legitimate grounds. "I hope they won't insist on it", Yıldırım said. "They are afraid because they do not trust their thoughts".

Avci was also a producer of the film "Reis" (the Chief), a biopic about Erdogan's early political life, which hit screens ahead of a key April referendum to boost Erdogan's powers.

Mr. Erdogan's critics say the president didn't win fairly.

The 10 were accused of being members of an "armed terrorist organisation" - although Amnesty said it is unclear which one.

Betul Sayan Kaya was also critical of the western media over what she said was a prejudiced manner in which they reported on human rights and democracy in Turkey.

Last month, main opposition party deputy Enis Berberoglu, who was a journalist as well, was sentenced to 25 years in prison for leaking secret information for the objective of political or military espionage.

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