Detained Turkish colonel under Ergenekon sent to Istanbul

Lieut. Col. turned himself in last Monday after he has remained at large for sometime as police found a cache of weapons and explosives at his house.

Detained Turkish colonel under Ergenekon sent to Istanbul

A press spokesperson for the Turkish military staff said Friday a lieutenant colonel who was detained in Ankara under a probe into what is publicly known as Ergenekon, was sent to Istanbul.

Lieut. Col. Mustafa Donmez turned himself in last Monday after he has remained at large for sometime as police found a cache of weapons and explosives at his house under the investigation into Ergenekon, a suspected criminal network with alleged links to the bureaucracy and the military.

"Donmez was sent today to Istanbul in compliance with the instruction from the Office of Istanbul Attorney General," Gen. Metin Gurak told reporters at a weekly press briefing.

Police found three automatic rifles, 22 hand grenades, five pistols and munitions as well as other military equipment at Donmez's country house in Istanbul's Sapanca
town.

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 as well as officers on active duty, journalists and businessmen for their alleged involvement in the network which is suspected of conspiring to overthrow the government in Turkey by increasing instability in the country through political assassinations and forcing the military to stage a coup.

Forty-two people are currently in custody under the ongoing investigation.

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