Turkey summons top commanders in Feb. 28 coup probe

More than 10 generals and admirals have been arrested over the last month as part of the same probe.

Turkey summons top commanders in Feb. 28 coup probe

World Bulletin / News Desk

Four retired generals, including former Land Forces Commander retired Gen. Erdal Ceylanoğlu and former Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Güner were summoned to the Ankara Courthouse on Wednesday to testify as part of an investigation into the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup, just a day before the coup's anniversary.

Early on Wednesday, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office demanded the testimony of Güner and Ceylanoğlu, who were top commanders during the coup period, retired major generals Mehmet Başpınar and Yücel Özsır and active duty Col. Mehmet Cumhur Yatıkkaya. Güner and Ceylanoğlu were brought to the Ankara Courthouse, while the other officers are on their way to give testimony.

Ceylanoğlu is known as the general who ordered tanks into the Ankara streets in the Feb. 28 period in a show of power against the government and Güner is remembered for refusing to shake the hand of President Abdullah Gül's headscarved wife, Hayrünnisa Gül, during an official ceremony in 2007.

More than 10 generals and admirals have been arrested over the last month as part of the same probe.

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: 27 Şubat 2013, 11:19
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