Turkey detains fugitive ex-general in Ergenekon probe

Anti-terror police had begun monitoring fugitive Levent Ersoz after he entered Turkey two weeks ago through the Black Sea port of Zonguldak.

Turkey detains fugitive ex-general in Ergenekon probe

Turkish police on Thursday detained a retired brigadier general sought in an investigation into a coup plot as he was being treated in hospital under a fake name, state-run Anatolian news agency reported.

He was the latest among dozens of people, including serving army officers, detained this month.

Police declined to comment.

Eighty-six people, including retired top military figures, politicians and lawyers, are already being tried over their suspected involvement in a shadowy, nationalist group known as "Ergenekon", accused by prosecutors of plotting to engineer an army coup by launching a campaign of bombings and assassinations.

The military has unseated governments four times in the past 50 years.

Anti-terror police had begun monitoring the latest detainee, fugitive Levent Ersoz, after he entered Turkey two weeks ago through the Black Sea port of Zonguldak, Anatolian said.

Ersoz, who had been booked in at the hospital for a prostate operation, was to be flown to Istanbul after undergoing health tests. Turkish media have gone into a frenzy over the Ergenekon probe, with 24-hour coverage of the case. Front page news stories are almost daily reporting new links between unsolved high-profile murders in Turkey over the past decades.

The government and prominent members of the judiciary are bitterly at odds over the handling of the investigation, which many see as the ruling AK Party's revenge for a 2008 court case that sought to ban the party on accusations of anti-secular activities.

The AK Party denies the Ergenekon affair is being used to persecute government opponents.

Reuters
Last Mod: 15 Ocak 2009, 15:44
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