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Alleged Coup Leader in Turkey 'Born in Kosovo'

Turkish and Kosovo media said that General Adem Huduti, the alleged leader of the failed coup in Turkey, was born in Kosovo to a Bosniak family.

Ervin Qafmolla
BIRN
Pristina
General Adem Huduti. Photo: Anadolu Agency.

The most senior Turkish army commander arrested following the attempted coup in Turkey, Adem Huduti, General of the Second Army, was born in Kosovo, Turkish media said on Monday.

The General was arrested on Saturday, and on Monday a Turkish court ordered him to be placed in detention.

Following the failed coup by elements in the Turkish military, which began on Friday and ended in Saturday morning, about 6,000 individuals have been arrested, in what the Turkish government has dubbed a cleansing operation.

A total of 103 generals and admirals have been detained for questioning. Turkey's Anadolu Agency said 41 of the detained high-ranking soldiers were jailed pending trial as of Monday while Huduti was named as the "alleged coup leader".  

General Huduti commanded the Second Army, which protects Turkey's borders with Syria, Iraq and Iran.

Kosovo media meanwhile reported that Huduti is a Bosniak in terms of his ethnic background, tracing his background to Recan, a village near the city of Prizren in Kosovo.

Klan Kosova, a Kosovo TV station, said that relatives of Huduti who belong to the Bosniak minority in Kosovo confirmed that he was not ethnically Albanian.

A person who claimed to be a relative from Recan, identified by the TV as "Ferati", said the General was only five years old when he left Kosovo.

“He was born here on May 1952, and his family moved to Turkey in 1957,” Ferati said in Bosnian.

Another presumed relative of Huduti from his mother’s family, named in the news piece as Axhira, also said he was of Bosniak ethnicity. “He is Bosnian, not Albanian, we do not have anything [to do] with Albanians,” Axhira said.

While BIRN could not verify independently these claims, Huduti is a common surname among the Bosniak minority in the region of Prizen.

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