World Bulletin / News Desk
Former Chief of General Staff retired Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı is referred to as the number one suspect in an indictment against the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup, media reported on Monday.
Media reports claim that the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has completed its preparation of an indictment of suspects being investigated as part of a probe into the Feb. 28 coup. According to some newspapers, the office is seeking aggravated life imprisonment for 100 military actors of the time.
The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office has not confirmed the reports.
A coalition government led by a now-defunct conservative party was forced by the military to step down on Feb. 28, 1997. Not only were fatal blows dealt to fundamental rights and freedoms after the coup, but democracy and the rule of law were also suspended. The coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf.
In 2012, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into the military actors of the coup. There are currently 76 suspects in jail pending trial on coup accusations.Last Mod: 11 Mart 2013, 15:08