World Bulletin / News Desk
The prosecutors of the Ergenekon trial were set to present their final opinion to the panel of judges hearing the case against the criminal network on Monday as gendarmes clashed with supporters of the Ergenekon defendants.
The court adjourned the trial to March 11.
The 276th hearing of the trial began early in the day at the Silivri Prison Complex, located in İstanbul, and prosecutors were scheduled to deliver their legal opinion in the case, which meant the Ergenekon trial was about to conclude.
Security measures were high in and around the courthouse, with dozens of gendarmes deployed. Hundreds of supporters of the Ergenekon defendants flocked to the prison complex and gendarmes had to use water cannons to prevent them from entering the courthouse.
Similar chaos halted the 270th hearing of the Ergenekon trial in December, when prosecutors had originally planned to deliver their final opinion. However, they postponed this, citing incomplete documents as the cause for the delay.
The trial against Ergenekon, a clandestine criminal network charged with plotting to overthrow the government by instigating large-scale chaos, began in 2008. There are 275 defendants who face charges, 66 of whom have been jailed pending a verdict. Those accused of membership in the Ergenekon organization include politicians, academics, journalists and retired military officers. Among those in detention are former Chief of General Staff retired Gen. İlker Başbuğ, retired Gen. Hurşit Tolon, Professor Mehmet Haberal and journalists Mustafa Balbay and Tuncay Özkan.
Başbuğ's lawyer, İlkay Sezer, requested that the court hear the testimony of former Chief of General Staff Gen. Işık Koşaner, former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Metin Ataç, former Gendarmerie Forces Commander Gen. Atilla Işık and former Air Forces Commander Gen. Aydoğan Babaoğlu as witnesses prior to the delivery of the prosecution's final opinion on Monday, but the court rejected the request.
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