Cüneyt Akkaya, the police chief of Sakarya’s Kartepe district who managed to stop tanks driven by a group of putschist soldiers on the night of a coup attempt on July 15, has been suspended from duty over alleged links to the Gulen movement.
According to the T24 news portal, Chief Akkaya stopped tanks and detained soldiers in Sakarya during the coup attempt. However, he was suspended under a new state of emergency decree issued by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government late on Friday.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others.
The Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement being behind the coup attempt.
The movement rejects any involvement.