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The Latest: Turkish Media: 27 Generals, Admirals Questioned

The Latest: Turkish Media: 27 Generals, Admirals Questioned

Monday, 18 July 2016 05:23 AM

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — The Latest on the attempted military coup in Turkey (all times local):

12:15 p.m.

Turkey's state-run news agency says prosecutors have begun questioning 27 generals and admirals over the failed coup attempt.

The Anadolu Agency says Monday the group questioned by prosecutors in Ankara includes former Air Force commander Gen. Akin Ozturk, who has been described as the ringleader of the foiled uprising.

Ozturk, who remained in active duty, has denied he was involved and insisted he worked to quell the uprising in statements he made to Turkish media.

11:00 a.m.

Eight Turkish military personnel who landed in Greece in a helicopter during a military coup in Turkey are to appear in court in the northern Greek city of Alexandroupolis, charged with illegally entering the country.

They are likely to request a one- or two-day postponement during Monday's court appearance. Turkey is seeking their return, and all eight have requested asylum in Greece.

The eight landed in Alexandroupolis Saturday after issuing a distress call and requesting permission for an emergency landing. Their lawyer, Vassiliki Ilia Marinaki, has said her clients say they knew nothing about the coup and that the helicopter had been used to transport wounded. They say that shortly after finding out about the coup, they came under fire from the police and feared for their lives.

10:20 a.m.

Saudi-owned broadcaster Al-Arabiya says Saudi authorities detained Turkey's military attache to Kuwait while he was at the airport in the eastern Saudi city of Dammam.

Quoting unnamed sources, the Dubai-based broadcaster said Monday that the attache, Mikail Ihsanoglu, was on his way to Düsseldorf, Germany via Amsterdam when he was detained.

The official Saudi Press Agency meanwhile reported that Saudi King Salman, who is vacationing in Morocco, called Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to "congratulate him on Turkey's return to normality" after an attempted military coup.

9:45 a.m.

The European Union's foreign policy chief says foreign ministers on Monday will send a "strong message" that the rule of law and the democratic system of checks and balances must be respected in Turkey following the failure of a military putsch.

Federica Mogherini, the EU's high representative for foreign affairs, spoke before a meeting of the bloc's foreign affairs ministers in Brussels. The ministers will also be meeting for breakfast with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders says Turkish authorities' reaction to the failed coup needs to be "proportionate." He says he was alarmed by the arrests of judges and calls for reinstatement of the death penalty against coup participants.

9:30 a.m.

Warplanes have patrolled Turkey's skies following a failed coup, a sign that authorities fear the threat against the government is not yet over.

A senior official said Monday that F-16 jets guarded the Turkish airspace overnight, after a faction within the military launched an attempted coup late Friday against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The official spoke on condition of anonymity in line with government rules.

The coup plotters sent warplanes firing on key government installations and tanks rolling into major cities, but the rebellion was quashed by loyal government forces and masses of civilians who took to the streets. At least 294 people were killed and more than 1,400 wounded.

The state-run news agency, Anadolu, said Erdogan ordered the overnight patrol by F-16s.

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