Turkish court releases two Ergenekon detainees

High Criminal Court has decided to release writer Professor Yalcin Kucuk and Independent Republican Party Deputy Chairman Engin Aydin.

Turkish court releases two Ergenekon detainees

The High Criminal Court in Istanbul has decided to release writer Professor Yalcin Kucuk and Independent Republican Party (BCP) Deputy Chairman Engin Aydin.
Kucuk and Aydin were detained under the Ergenekon probe on January 7.

Meanwhile, more than 25 people were detained in Ankara, Sirnak, Siirt, Izmir, Sivas, Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Igdir, Elazig and Antalya. There are military and police officers assigned in special forces unit as well as two police chiefs and a union leader among the detainees.

The detentions followed police raids accross Turkey 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. Police also searched the Turkish Metal Union and the Sirinoglu Center for Social and Strategic Researches offices.

Some of the detainees were sent to Istanbul for interrogation.

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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