Lt Gen OZTURK was the commander of 3rd Army Corps, Istanbul. On 15 July 2016, he made public announcements addressing the dissenting troops through national TV channels of NTV, NTV news portal, and TGRT Haber. He ordered the immediate return of all troops in Istanbul to their barracks. Below is a translation of a part of his announcement:
“Turkish Military respects the will of the Republic of Turkey, the will of the Turkish Grand National Assembly and the Turkish people. I expect all the 3rd Corps personnel to return to their barracks immediately. Otherwise, legal action will be taken.”
A few days after the coup attempt, he was arrested, dismissed from the military and charged with the same crimes.