Turgut Aslan, the head of the Turkish police’s anti-terror unit who was shot by putschists during a failed military coup in 2016, became a chief adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, state-run Anadolu news agency said on Tuesday.
Aslan was found shot in the head on July 16 after he had been held hostage by coup plotters. He spent five months in intensive care and had five operations. His survival story turned the police chief into a hero for many Turks and Erdoğan visited him several times during his recovery.
The botched coup attempt in July 2016 led to the deaths of 251 people and injured nearly 2,200. The government and many Turks accuse the Gülen movement, a secretive religious group, of masterminding it. The movement, which was formerly allied with Erdoğan’s Justice and Development Party (AKP), denies any involvement.