World Bulletin/News Desk
A trial concerning the alleged murder of former President Turgut Ozal, in which key Ergenekon defendant retired Brig. Gen. Levent Ersoz is the prime suspect, will begin on Sept. 11 at the Ankara 13th High Criminal Court.
Ozal was still serving in office as the eighth president of the Turkish Republic when he died of heart failure on April 17, 1993 at an Ankara hospital at the age of 65. The case into Ozal's death was opened earlier last year after a number of witnesses spoke of unusual circumstances on the day of the president's death.
In the 65-page-long indictment, prosecutor Kemal Cetin names Ersoz as a suspect and seeks an aggravated life sentence for the retired general, accusing him of having a role in Ozal's death and charging him under Article 156 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which deals with conspiracy against the president.
“It has been concluded that Ersoz, in collaboration with Lt. Col. Savas Korkmaz, planned to kill Ozal through poisoning,” said the indictment.
Ersoz is also a key suspect in the trial of Ergenekon, a clandestine network accused of working to overthrow the government.
Under Turkey's statute of limitations, legal proceedings cannot be initiated more than 20 years after the event, but the indictment was filed just before the 20th anniversary of Ozal's death last month.
The indictment lists Ozal's wife and son as plaintiffs and accuses Ersoz of "attempting to or succeeding in an attempt to murder the president.”Last Mod: 04 Mayıs 2013, 10:56