Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has strongly rejected claims that Turkey’s government had prepared arrest lists before Friday’s failed coup attempt, Anadoluagency reported on Monday.
Speaking in Brussels on Monday,‘s Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and Enlargement Negotiations Johannes Hahn was quoted as saying: “It looks at least as if something has been prepared. The lists are available, which indicates it was prepared and to be used at a certain stage.”
He was speaking after the failed coup attempt inon July 15 which claimed more than 200 lives and injured thousands. More than 6,000 suspects have been arrested in connection with the plot, including military figures and judges.
Cavusoglu later tweeted that Hahn “is far from thoroughly comprehending what is going on in Turkey”. He added that Turkey’s “primary expectation” from its European allies was their “support [for] the democratic process in Turkey and strong condemnation of theattempt”.
“Turkey will never compromise on human rights, the rule of law and democracy,” Cavusoglu said, adding: “Therefore, no one, including Mr Hahn, can prejudge the ongoing legal process regarding the bloody coup attempt in Turkey.”
Meanwhile, Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic also strongly rejected the claims, describing them as “prejudiced”.