Turkey summons more ex-generals in Feb. 28 probe

Six more retired Turkish generals were summoned by the Ankara Courthouse on Thursday to testify as part of an investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup.

Turkey summons more ex-generals in Feb. 28 probe

World Bulletin / News Desk

Six more retired Turkish generals were summoned by the Ankara Courthouse on Thursday to testify as part of an investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup.

Retired Brig. Gen. Metin Yaşar Yükselen and retired Col. Cengiz Koşal were taken to the courthouse early in the day, while Lt. Gen. Abdullah Cahit Sarsılmaz, Maj. Gen. Ayhan Cansevgisi, Lt. Gen. Temel Batmaz Dandin and Brig. Gen. Refik Zeytinci, all retired, are on their way to Ankara from İzmir to give testimony.

On Wednesday, five retired generals were summoned to testify as part of the same probe. Four generals, identified as former Gen. Orhan Öney, Lt. Gen. Köksal Karabay, retired Adm. Hayri Bülent Alpkaya and Vice Adm. Altaç Atılan, were arrested by the court, while Maj. Gen. Ersin Yılmaz was released.

The five suspects were reportedly among the members of the West Study Group (BÇG), a clandestine group formed within the military in order to contribute to the staging of the planned coup, which has been alleged to have categorized politicians, intellectuals, soldiers and bureaucrats in accordance with their religious and ideological backgrounds. The BÇG was founded with the goal of fighting “reactionaryism” in Turkey.

No details were immediately available on the content of the testimony of the retired generals.

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.

 

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