Turkey detains two more ex-commanders over coup probe

Turkish police detained two more retired military officers under an investigation regarding "Balyoz (Sledgehammer) Plan" allegations.

Turkey detains two more ex-commanders over coup probe

Turkish police detained two more retired military officers, former North Sea Area Commander retired Admiral Ahmet Feyyaz Ogutcu, and former South Sea Area Commander retired Vice Admiral Lutfi Sancar under an investigation regarding "Balyoz (Sledgehammer) Plan" allegations.

Ali Ihsan Cuhadaroglu, Suat Aydin, Bulent Tuncay, Ozer Karabulut, and Emin Kucukkilic were also brought to police building, Anadolu news agency said.

Police earlier in the day detained seven people including retired General former Air Forces Commander Ibrahim Firtina, former Naval Forces Commander retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, former 1st Army Commander retired General Ergin Saygun and retired Colonel Kubilay Aktas.

A brigadier general was detained in Aegean province of Izmir and efforts are underway to arrest another officer.

Police also detained a retired colonel, who was identified with the initials A.M.D., in western province of Bursa within the scope of the investigation.

According to previous media reports on the Sledgehammer plan, denied by the military, the army had plotted to provoke Greek fighter jets into shooting down a Turkish military jet and planned to plant bombs in mosques and museums in Istanbul to stir chaos.

Last month Taraf newspaper said it had obtained 5,000 pages of documents and tapes on the Sledgehammer plan, which was aimed at showing the AK Party was unable to protect the public and to justify an army takeover in 2003.

The military has said documents quoted by the paper were part of a military training seminar but were "never meant to be carried out and were not part of a conspiracy".


Agencies

Last Mod: 22 Şubat 2010, 16:54
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