World Bulletin / News Desk
Two former generals who face charges of involvement in a coup that overthrew democratically elected government on Sept. 12, 1980, have refused to give testimony to the Turkish Parliament's Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission.
Retired Gen. Kenan Evren, a former president of Turkey and the chief of General Staff when the Sept. 12 coup took place, and retired Gen. Tahsin Şahinkaya, Commander of the Air Force during the coup, sent a written statement to the commission via their lawyers, saying that they will not speak to the commission, which had requested an appointment with the commanders.
The written statement cited the fact that both Evren and Şahinkaya are being tried in the Ankara 12th High Criminal Court for their role in the coup, therefore they consider it unnecessary to give additional testimony to the commission.
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