Levent Y., an F-16 pilot who was expelled from the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) in the aftermath of a coup attempt on July 15, 2016, has been detained by police while selling waffle at a restaurant in Konya province and later put in pre-trial detention by a Turkish court, the Hürriyet daily reported.

Levent Y. and three of his colleagues who were fired from the military after the failed coup attempt has opened a coffee shop in the Selçuklu district of Konya.

A group of police officers on December 15, 2017, raided the cafee shop and detained the pilot as part of an investigation launched by the Konya Chief Prosecutor’s Office. Levent Y. was arrested by the court on December 28, 2017 and sent to prison on coup charges.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others.

A total of nine government decrees issued between July 2016 and August 2017 suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 civil servants, including governors, judges, prosecutors, teachers, soldiers and police.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

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