Conflicting Turkish Media Reports Regarding Former Air Force Chief's Confession to Coup Plot

Private Turkish broadcasters contradict state media's report, saying Akin Ozturk, who previously served in Turkey's Tel Aviv embassy, denied his role in plotting the coup.

Turkish solders stay at Taksim square as people protest against the military coup in Istanbul on July 16, 2016.
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Former Turkish air force chief Akin Ozturk has confessed to prosecutors his role in plotting the coup that attempted to topple the government over the weekend, state-run Anadolu Agency said on Monday.

Two private Turkish broadcasters however contradicted the report later on Monday, saying Ozturk has denied playing a role. 

"I am not someone who has planned or directed the coup attempt that was carried out on July 15 and I don't know who did," NTV cited him as saying in his testimony. 

Akın Öztürk
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More than 200 people were killed after a faction in the military launched the coup attempt on Friday night, sealing off a bridge across the Bosphorus, trying to capture Istanbul's main airport and sending tanks to parliament in Ankara.

Öztürk, who served as the commander of Turkey's air force, served in his country's Tel Aviv embassy from 1998 to 2000. The 64-year-old military figure stepped down as air force commander last year, but continued to serve on Turkey's Supreme Military Council.