Turkish state media has retracted a story which claimed the alleged ringleader of the coup had confessed, saying the opposite is true and he denies all charges.
A copy of former air force head Akin Ozturk's testimony to prosecutors was leaked to private media outlets, who posted it online, showing he categorically denied being part of the coup plot at any level.
Ozturk has been shown on state media in custody, badly battered and bloody, his ear bandaged.
Akin Ozturk denied being part of the coup
Haberturk and broadcaster NTV cited what they said was his testimony to prosecutors, reporting that he denied playing a role.
"I am not someone who has planned or directed the coup attempt that was carried out on July 15 and I don't know who did," NTV reported Ozturk as saying in his testimony.
"I do not know who planned or directed this coup. I was planning to attend the wedding of a friend's daughter in Istanbul, but I couldn’t go. In the morning, I was in Izmir. I had some business with the notary. I can prove this. I couldn't go to the wedding because of this notary business."
Story still available on agency website
Anadolu news agency have removed story from their social accounts on Twitter and Facebook, and also from their main website, at least English and Turkish version.
Story is still available for some languagues on official website of Anadolu news agency.
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The alleged ringleader of Turkey's failed coup, former air force head Akin Ozturk, has confessed to being part of the putsch plot, the state-run Anadolu news agency reports.
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