World Bulletin / News Desk
Turkish police detained around 40 people including three retired generals on Wednesday in the latest operation in an investigation into an alleged plot to overthrow the government, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.
Eighty-six people, including retired army officers, politicians and lawyers, are on trial in western Turkey for seeking to stage a coup as part of a shadowy organisation called Ergenekon.
Anatolian said the police operation was launched in six provinces, including Ankara and Istanbul, after an Istanbul court ordered the detentions as well as searches of the suspects' homes and workplaces.
Police searches Prof. Dr. Yalçın Kucuk`s houses in İstanbul and Ankara, also ex-Istanbul Mayor Bedrettin Dalan`s Istek Foundation and Yeditepe University under the Ergenekon operation.
The retired generals were Kemal Yavuz, Erdal Senel and Tuncer Kilinc, a former chairman of the National Security Council.
Police also searches the home of Kemal Guruz, the High Educational Institute`s previous president.
The defendants in the coup plot case are accused of planning assassinations and bombings to sow chaos and force the military to step in.
Last month, Turkey's top appeals court ordered that a trial over the 2006 killing of a top judge in Ankara be merged with the Ergenekon trial, for which hearings are being held daily and which is expected to take months to complete.
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