World Bulletin / News Desk
Two former generals who face charges of staging a coup that overthrew the democratically elected government on Sept. 12, 1980 have refused to give testimony to a parliamentary commission for the second time.
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, said in a written statement they sent to the Turkish Parliament's Coup and Memorandum Investigation Commission that they would not give testimony to the commission.
This was the second invitation they turned down. The former generals in late September had also to comply with the commission's invitation, citing 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.
In the case being heard at the Ankara court, the prosecutor overseeing the case is seeking life imprisonment without the possibility of parole for the two leaders of the coup.
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