Feb. 28 coup suspects before judge demanding release

A coalition government was forced by the military to step down on Feb. 28, 1997. Not only were fatal blows dealt to fundamental rights and freedoms after the coup, but democracy and the rule of law were also suspended.

Feb. 28 coup suspects before judge demanding release

World Bulletin/News Desk

Seventy-two suspects who are standing trial as part of the Feb. 28 case appeared before judges on Wednesday to revisit the state of their imprisonment due to recent amendments made in the Counterterrorism Law (TMK) as part of the fourth judicial reform package.

The amendments make imprisoning suspects more difficult.

The investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup has been carried out by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.

Judges Nihal Uslu and Halil İbrahim Kütük will make an assessment of the state of imprisonment of the suspects in consideration of the requests of the public prosecutors, statements of the suspects and their lawyers.

Lawyers of the suspects said that four out of the total of 76 suspects were in İstanbul while the rest were taken to the Ankara Courthouse.

Relatives of the victims gathered in front of the Ankara Courthouse as of early Wednesday.

A coalition government led by a now-defunct conservative party was forced by the military to step down on Feb. 28, 1997. Not only were fatal blows dealt to fundamental rights and freedoms after the coup, but democracy and the rule of law were also suspended. The coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf.

In 2012, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into the military actors of the coup. There are currently 76 suspects in jail pending trial on coup accusations.

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