World Bulletin / News Desk
A deputy from Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) has complained that no commander has been left in the country to stage a coup against the government and “save” the nation.
“There used to be coups in the past. The governments used to be changed occasionally. But now there is no commander to stage such a coup. They [the judiciary] have done away with all of them. There is no more such a rescue now,” CHP Aydın deputy Osman Aydın was quoted as saying by the İhlas news agency on Tuesday during a visit he paid to the Çine district of Aydın.
The deputy was referring to dozens of active duty military officers now jailed in Turkey over their suspected involvement in anti-government plots. In September of last year, an İstanbul court sentenced three former generals to 20 years in prison in the Sledgehammer case, which concerns 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.
According to the Sledgehammer plan, the military was to systematically foment chaos in society through acts of violence, among which were planned bomb attacks on the Fatih and Beyazıt mosques in İstanbul. The plot allegedly sought to undermine the government to lay the groundwork for a coup d'état. The military, which has overthrown three governments since 1960 and pressured a conservative government to step down in 1997, has denied the existence of such a plan.Last Mod: 05 Şubat 2013, 17:50