Three retired generals testifying over Feb. 28 coup

No detention warrants have been issued for the three former generals, reports said. They were summoned to testify earlier.

Three retired generals testifying over Feb. 28 coup

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three retired Turkish generals were brought to the Ankara Courthouse early on Wednesday to testify as part of an investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup.

Retired Gen. Orhan Öney, retired Lieut. Gen. Köksal Karabay and retired Maj. Gen. Ersin Yılmaz were reportedly among the members of the West Study Group (BÇG), which was established by retired Gen. Çevik Bir -- a prime suspect in the Feb. 28 investigation.

The suspects are testifying to Prosecutor Mustafa Bilgili, who is overseeing the investigation.

The BÇG, a clandestine group formed within the military in order to contribute to the staging of the planned coup, categorized politicians, intellectuals, soldiers and bureaucrats in accordance with their religious and ideological backgrounds. The BÇG was founded to fight “reactionaryism” in Turkey.

No detention warrants have been issued for the three former generals, reports said. They were summoned to testify earlier.

Retired Adm. Hayri Bülent Alpkaya and retired Vice Adm. Altaç Atılan will also reportedly be brought to Ankara from İstanbul to testify.

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