18 out of 26 detainees arrested in Turkey's Ergenekon coup probe

18 people who were detained during the latest raids under the Ergenekon probe have been arrested.

18 out of 26 detainees arrested in Turkey's Ergenekon coup probe
Eighteen people who were detained during the latest raids under the Ergenekon probe have been arrested.

Twenty-six people who were detained during simultaneous operations in several provinces including Ankara, Sirnak, Siirt, Izmir, Sivas, Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Igdir, Elazig and Antalya on January 22 were transferred to court on duty on Sunday.

The court decided to arrest 18 people including Turkish Metal Union chairman Mustafa Ozbek, seven military officers and ten police officers. The remaining eight people including Turkish Metal Union executives, researcher Erhan Goksel and journalist Unal Inanc were released.

Eighty-six people already are on trial in the probe for allegedly being part of an alleged criminal network known as "Ergenekon". They are accused of planning assassinations and bombings to sow chaos and overthrow the government.

An alleged criminal network that came to be known as "Ergenekon" was revealed after police seized 27 grenades, TNT explosives and fuses in a shanty house in Istanbul on June 12, 2007 and Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into weapons. Police waged operations in several provinces and detained a number of people, including retired senior army officers, journalists and businessmen, for their alleged involvement in the network.


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