Kati Piri, Turkey rapporteur for the European Parliament, said despite the passage of four months since a July 15 coup attempt in Turkey, questions about the attempt still persist.

“We don’t clearly know what happened and who was really behind it. Questions about July 15 are still there despite the fact that four months have passed. Investigative journalists do not have a chance to investigate and write about what happened,” said Piri, upon a question as to whether the Gülen movement was behind the coup attempt, during a press meeting in Strasbourg.

Piri also underlined that European Commission First Vice President Frans Timmermans’s remarks on July 15 were misinterpreted. Knack, a Belgian magazine, published an interview last week with Timmermans saying that the Turkish government’s argument that Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen is behind the coup is not complete nonsense.

Concerned about news on prisons

Concerning claims that the Turkish government is planning to stage riots in prisons to eliminate political prisoners, Piri said they are aware of the claims and are concerned.

Underlining that due to restrictions it is difficult to obtain information about what is going on in prisons in Turkey, Piri recalled that a report of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) is still been awaiting Turkish approval for publication.

(Turkish Minute)