An investigation into civilians suspected of participating in the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup will begin in early 2014, despite the fact that it was expected to commence this month, the Taraf daily reported on Tuesday.
According to Taraf, the failure of the Finance Ministry's Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK) to complete its examination of civilian suspects' financial records and the fact that the trial of military personnel is still in progress have played a role in the delay of the investigation, which will be conducted by the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office. MASAK is expected to submit its reports to the prosecutor's office within two months.
The trial of civilian suspects will take place at the Ankara 13th High Criminal Court, where the military defendants are currently being tried.
According to the daily, the prosecutor's office decided to conduct separate investigations into the military and civilian arms of the coup in order to prevent confusion and minimize possible criticism of the investigation and trial. Thus, it decided to wait until the conclusion of the military defendants' trial before beginning the civilian trial.
The Feb. 28 coup involved the forced resignation of a coalition government led by a now-defunct conservative party, the Welfare Party (RP), by the military on the grounds that there was rising religious fundamentalism in the country.
The trial of the military defendants began at the Ankara 13th High Criminal Court in early September, and there are increasing calls for a complementary trial of the coup's civilian actors, including businessmen, academics, journalists and civil society representatives.
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