Turkish court frees 20 Ergenekon suspects

Last week, police had detained 13 people in central province of Konya, five in Istanbul, six in northwestern province of Kocaeli, one in southern province of Mersin and one in eastern province of Elazig in Ergenekon probe.

Turkish court frees 20 Ergenekon suspects
By World Bulletin with wires

A Turkish court has freed 20 people detained in "7th wave" Ergenekon operation in central province of Konya.

Last week, police had detained 13 people in central province of Konya, five in Istanbul, six in northwestern province of Kocaeli, one in southern province of Mersin and one in eastern province of Elazig in Ergenekon probe.

Suspects will be tried without being arrested.

According to the indictment, the group's alleged hit list included PM Tayyip Erdogan, the military chief of staff, Gen. Yasar Buyukanit, Orhan Pamuk, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2006 and several Kurdish politicians.

On Friday, a criminal court in Istanbul set the date of the first hearing as October 20th, 2008.

An alleged criminal network that came to be known as "Ergenekon" was revealed after police seized hand grenades, TNT explosives and fuses in a shanty house in Istanbul on June 12th, 2007. Several Turkish figures, including retired senior army officers, were detained and sent to prison within the scope of the investigation.

The indictment regarding the operation "Ergenekon" was filed at an Istanbul court last week, indicting 86 people on charges of attempting to overthrow Turkish government. The 2455-page indictment includes 86 suspects, 48 of whom are in prison.

Prosecutors accuse the suspects of "being members of an armed terrorist organization, aiding the armed terrorist organization, attempting to overthrow Turkish government by force, inciting people to armed insurgency, possessing and throwing explosives, instigating these crimes, instigating the attack on Council of State and bombing of daily Cumhuriyet, having secret documents on state security, recording personal data, encouraging military disobedience, inciting people to enmity and animosity."

Last Mod: 27 Temmuz 2008, 18:21
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