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The Turkish authorities on Monday (July 15, 2019) salute the anniversary of the failed coup attempt in 2016. The occasion includes several celebrations and speeches to mark the anniversary of the "15 July", which has become a holiday.

In the meantime, according to official media reports in Turkey that the Turkish government demanded Germany to hand over an officer accused of participating in the failed coup attempt three years ago.

Ankara has formally asked Germany to extradite the former officer "Inspirational B", the official Anatolia news agency reported on Saturday, citing what it called "diplomatic circles". To try him for trying to topple the Turkish government.

The Turkish officer managed to escape through Greece to Germany and applied there for asylum, according to the Anatolia Agency, "Inspiration B." He was head of the Ankara Military Academy of Ground Forces and was accused by the Turkish government of playing an "active role" in the attempted coup.

The Turkish government has accused the Islamic preacher, US-based Fathullah Gulen, of being the mastermind of the attempt, but has repeatedly denied the charge. According to Anatolia, Turkey is demanding that Germany extradite 55 likely Guelen supporters to former prosecutor Zakaria Oz.

(AFP)

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