General, admiral in courthouse to testify over Feb. 28 coup

The call by the Ankara Prosecutors' Office to testify came a week after 11 generals and admirals were arrested as part of the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup case.

General, admiral in courthouse to testify over Feb. 28 coup

World Bulletin / News Desk

Sledgehammer suspects ret. Admiral Şükrü Sarıışık and ret. General Doğan Temel were brought to the Ankara Courthouse early on Thursday as part of an investigation into the Feb. 28 postmodern coup.

The call by the Ankara Prosecutors' Office to testify came a week after 11 generals and admirals were arrested as part of the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup case.

Former Air Forces Commander Gen. Ergin Celasin was also among generals who testified at the Ankara Courthouse in the investigation but he was later released.

The summoning of the generals and admirals has widened the extensive judicial investigations into Turkey's once all-powerful military.

On Feb. 28, 1997, the Turkish military forced the coalition government led by the now-defunct conservative Welfare Party (RP) out of power, citing alleged rising religious fundamentalism in the country. The Feb. 28 coup brought a series of severe restrictions on religious life, including an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of headscarves by women at university campuses and in positions of public service.

Last Mod: 21 Şubat 2013, 11:30
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