Erdoğan says he learned of coup attempt from his brother-in-law

The timing of when Erdoğan and other government figures were informed of the coup attempt has sparked debate, with the MİT saying that it informed the top brass in the afternoon.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said late on July 20 that he learned about the failed coup attempt on July 15 from his brother-in-law, not the intelligence services.

“It was my brother-in-law who first gave me the news. Initially my reaction was disbelief,” Erdoğan told Al Jazeera in an interview.

“I then had a conversation with [Hakan Fidan,] the head of the National Intelligence Agency [MİT], I was already with the Energy Minister [Berat Albayrak] on site and we decided to take a number of steps. One of the first steps involved my family and me taking a helicopter from where we were to Dalaman, and from Dalaman to come to Istanbul by plane,” he added.

The deputy prime minister also underlined that the structure of the MİT and civil-military relations mechanisms could also be reviewed in order to discourage those who might consider staging a coup in the future.

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