Turkish army chief says 'expresses his views' over coup probe

Turkish police detained Wednesday more than 30 people in raids across Turkey as they broadened the investigation known as Ergenekon probe.

Turkish army chief says 'expresses his views' over coup probe

General Staff Chief Gen. Ilker Basbug expressed his views on developments that took place on Wednesday to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and President Abdullah Gul respectively, a statement said on Thursday.

The statement posted on website of the General Staff said Gen. Basbug held meetings with Gul and Erdogan on Thursday and Gen. Basbug expressed his views and made some assessments especially regarding "yesterday's developments" in the meetings.

Turkish police detained Wednesday more than 30 people in raids across Turkey as they broadened the investigation known as Ergenekon probe.

The police operation was launched in six provinces, including Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Sivas and Tokat, after the High Criminal Court in Istanbul ordered the detentions as well as searches of the suspects' homes and workplaces upon a request by the prosecutor carrying out the investigation.

During the operations, more than 30 people were detained including writer Professor Yalcin Kucuk, former chairman of the Higher Education Board (YOK) Professor Kemal Guruz, three retired generals, a colonel, a captain and a former police chief.

Police also searched houses of Sabih Kanadoglu, honorary chief judge of the Supreme Court of Appeals.

Eighty-six people already are on trial in the probe for allegedly being part of an alleged criminal network known as "Ergenekon". They are accused of planning assassinations and bombings to sow chaos and overthrow the government.

An alleged criminal network that came to be known as "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, journalists and businessmen, for their alleged involvement in the network.


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