Brig. Gen. Gökhan Şahin Sönmezateş, accused of leading the group that allegedly tried to capture President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during last year’s abortive coup, has said his daughter was sexually abused during a prison visit to the jailed commander.

During a coup trial on Sept 9, Sönmezateş said his daughter was sexually abused while being searched by prison officers before entering the court.

“My 13-year-old daughter was subjected to sexual abuse. Mr. Prosecutor, do you hear me?” Sönmezateş yelled before being removed from the courtroom by the judge in charge.

Sönmezateş’s lawyer Nevre Hükkamoğlu told media: “Please also note that prison guards forced my client’s daughter to take off her underwear.”

Sönmezateş faces 6 aggravated prison sentence.

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