World Bulletin / News Desk
A suspect being held in an Ankara prison on charges of taking part in the Feb. 28, 1997 coup, which forced the democratically elected government to resign, has died as a result of ongoing health problems.
Col. Mehmet Haşimoğlu has been in detention since earlier this year as part of an investigation led by the Specially Authorized Ankara Prosecutor's Office into the Feb. 28 coup. He was being held at Mamak Prison in Ankara.
The colonel's health started to deteriorate three days ago and he was transferred to a hospital for medical care. He had received previous medical care one month after his initial incarceration, when his deteriorating health required surgery, following which he was returned to prison.
The family of Col. Haşimoğlu is outraged by the death, claiming that he was innocent of charges and being held in prison unnecessarily.
A funeral ceremony will be held for the colonel at Kocatepe Mosque in Ankara today.Last Mod: 14 Ağustos 2012, 17:36