FETÖ suspect's relative in ‘hero’ t-shirt detained

Last week another FETÖ suspect appeared before court wearing a 'hero' t-shirt

Anadolu Agency

A man was taken into custody on Monday for attempting to enter a courtroom in Turkey's capital, wearing a t-shirt with the word "hero" inscribed on it.

Emirhan B. was detained by police as he entered an Ankara courtroom where his uncle Halil Ibrahim B., a Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETÖ) suspect and a former sergeant, stood trial.

The suspect, who was handed over to the Sincan district's police department, claimed he did not know the meaning of “hero”.

In a related incident last week, Gökhan Güçlü, a suspected FETÖ member -- who was part of a group that tried to assassinate the Turkish president on the night of the defeated coup last July -- appeared before a court having a the word “hero” on his t-shirt.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmuş have suggested that suspects in FETÖ probes wear uniforms when they appear before a judge.

Kurtulmuş also urged prosecutors to launch a probe into last week's incident.

FETÖ and its U.S.-based leader, Fetullah Gülen, orchestrated the defeated coup on July 15, 2016 that left 250 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

FETÖ is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.