Turkish prosecutor says 25 detained in Ergenekon coup probe

Turkish Prosecutor Turan Colakkadi has said that 25 people were detained on Thursday under the Ergenekon probe.

Turkish prosecutor says 25 detained in Ergenekon coup probe

Colakkadi, deputy chief judge in Istanbul, told reporters on Friday that 25 people including army and police officers were taken under custody after the High Criminal Court in Istanbul ordered the detentions as well as searches of the suspects' homes and workplaces upon a request by four prosecutors carrying out the investigation.

He said that the detainees were brought to Istanbul for interrogation.

Yesterday, police held simultaneous operations in several provinces including Ankara, Sirnak, Siirt, Izmir, Sivas, Kahramanmaras, Hatay, Igdir, Elazig and Antalya. Leader of the Turkish Metal Union, military and police officers assigned in special forces unit were among the detainees.

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.

Last Mod: 23 Ocak 2009, 16:14
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