YEREVAN, ANKARA (Combined Sources)—Armenia’s National Security Service said on Tuesday that it had no information about the alleged entry into Armenia of two Turkish prosecutors who were convicted of plotting to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s regime, reported Armenpress.
“We have no such information,” said the NSS’s press service after news reports surfaced in Turkey that Zekeriya Öz and Celal Kara, two former Turkish prosecutors a warrant for whose arrest was issued earlier Monday crossed the Turkish border to Georgia and then entered Armenia, seeking refuge.
Kemal Cirit, the governor of the Turkish city of Artvin, bordering Georgia, said the two prosecutors fled the country via the Sarp border crossing into Georgia, reported the Daily Sabah.
“Öz and Kara left Turkey via [Artvin’s] Sarp Border Gate [with Georgia] at 3.46 a.m. [local time], and 4:19 a.m. Monday respectively, long before the arrest order,” Cirit said, adding that an investigation has been launched into the incident.
An Istanbul’s Public Prosecutor’s Office issued arrest warrants for Öz and Kara, accusing them of plotting a coup and attempting to overthrow the democratically elected government on Monday. An arrest warrant was issued for a third person, Mehmet Yüzgeç, on the same charges.
Öz was dismissed as the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor on May 12 this year after being rotated to a minor judiciary position, following his launch of the country’s biggest corruption investigation on Dec. 17, 2013, in which government figures and their relatives, as well as several prominent businessmen, were implicated, among the Erdogan and his son.
The two are linked to the now anti-government Gulen movement, led by the Islamic cleric Fettulah Gulen, who has been in hiding in Pennsylvanian for decades.