Turkish police find ammunition at suspect houses in coup probe

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

Turkish police find ammunition at suspect houses in coup probe

Turkish police has detained 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 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 seized notes, documents, computer disks and electronic files in computer hard-disks in houses of some suspects.

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

Meanwhile, police found two grenades, weapons and ammunition in houses of the suspects in the central province of Sivas and five handguns, 22 grenades and ammunition in the northwestern province of Sakarya.

Some of the suspects were sent to Istanbul for questioning.

Justice Minister Mehmet Ali Sahin told reporters that the arrests were purely legal, not political.

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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