Court arrests 11 soldiers who raided Erdoğan’s hotel during failed coup attempt
DHA photoA court in the Aegean province of Muğla has ordered the arrest of 11 soldiers who were among a team of 37 raiding the hotel in the Marmaris district and attempting to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the night of the failed coup attempt of July 15.
Muğla police referred the soldiers, who were led by commander Şükrü Seymen, to court for arrest on Aug. 17.
While 25 out of the 37 were previously arrested during operations, the remaining 11 – identified as Enes Yılmaz, Ergün Şahin, İsmail Yiğit, Mehmet Demir, Muhammet Burak İpek, Murat Köse, Şükrü Seymen, Bahadır Sagun, Mehmet Öztürk, Mustafa Serdar Özay and Muammer Gözübüyük - were found later on July 31 in the Ula district after a wide-scale search by security teams.
The soldiers had raided Erdoğan’s hotel during the failed military coup attempt of July 15, with three helicopters taking off from the Çiğli Air Base in the western province of İzmir.
The president had left the hotel shortly before the soldiers arrived, but they engaged in an armed clash with security forces at the site and later fled to a nearby forest.