July 18, 2016 / 6:02 AM / a year ago

Turkey government seemed to have list of arrests prepared - EU's Hahn

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The swift rounding up of judges and others after a failed coup in Turkey indicated the government had prepared a list beforehand, the EU commissioner dealing with Turkey’s membership bid, Johannes Hahn, said on Monday.

A man wrapped in a Turkish flag stands next to military vehicles in front of Sabiha Airport, in Istanbul, Turkey July 16, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner

Following a failed coup attempt on Saturday, Turkish authorities on Sunday rounded up nearly 3,000 suspected military plotters, ranging from top commanders to foot soldiers, and the same number of judges and prosecutors.

“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,” Hahn said.

“I‘m very concerned. It is exactly what we feared.”

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; Editing by Alastair Macdonald

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