Turkish admiral allegedly resigns in protest

Some claimed the admiral resigned to protest both the espionage gang case and the Sledgehammer coup case, in which the court handed down 20-year prison sentences to three generals.

Turkish admiral allegedly resigns in protest

World Bulletin / News Desk

An admiral has reportedly resigned from his position at the Turkish Naval Forces Command in a show of protest against several cases which sent a large number of high-ranking military officers to jail.

Nusret Güner's move comes after an İstanbul court recently accepted an indictment concerning the case of an alleged military espionage gang in which the prosecutor is demanding the imprisonment for up to six years of Vice Adm. Veysel Kösele.

In 2011, the İzmir Chief Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into the spy ring, whose members stand accused of obtaining classified military information to sell to third parties. The suspects are also accused of hiring foreign women as prostitutes to send to military officers. The prostitutes would illegally obtain personal information about these officers and blackmail them into providing the spy ring with classified information. The group is based in İzmir and reportedly has branches in a number of provinces, including İstanbul, Ankara, Bursa, Antalya, Muğla, Manisa, Zonguldak and Ordu.

“Our friends are being imprisoned one by one and we can't do anything [to prevent this]," Güner reportedly said.

Some claimed the admiral resigned to protest both the espionage gang case and the Sledgehammer coup case, in which the court handed down 20-year prison sentences to three generals.

Sledgehammer is a suspected coup plot believed to have been devised in 2003 with the aim of unseating the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government through violent acts.

Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2013, 13:29
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