Turkey's PM says detentions orders of jurisdiction

"It would not be appropriate for me to talk about an issue that is already handled by the judiciary," Erdogan said during his visit to Madrid.

Turkey's PM says detentions orders of jurisdiction

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday that the case on the detentions regarding "Balyoz ((Sledgehammer) Plan" allegations has been submitted to the court.

“It would not be appropriate for me to talk about an issue that is already handled by the judiciary,” Erdogan said during his visit to Madrid.

"Execution only fulfills its duty upon the orders of the jurisdiction. I don't know at the moment what the consequences will be," Erdogan said when a journalist said several people including former force commanders retired General Ibrahim Firtina, retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, and former 1st Army Commander retired General Ergin Saygun were detained under the investigation regarding "Balyoz Plan".

"A detention process is in question starting as of today. More than 40 people were detained," Erdogan said.

Erdogan said jurisdiction will make its assessments when police conclude the detentions, "we may be able to learn everything after this," he added.

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

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