Turkish army says complaint over coup trials was to preserve rights

The goal of the complaint over coup trials was restore trust to justice, Turkish armed forces said.

Turkish army says complaint over coup trials was to preserve rights

Turkish General Staff has said the goal of last week’s complaint over coup trials was restore “trust to justice” and preserve rights and honor of the Turkish armed forces.

“The goal of the complaint is to investigate claims, illuminate the situation, address concerns in public’s conscience, to restore trust in justice and to preserve rights, dignity and honor of the Turkish Armed Forces and its members,” the army said in a statement on Monday.

The General Staff filed a complaint with the Ankara Public Prosecutor's Office last week against law enforcement units, judges and prosecutors who served in the Ergenekon and Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup trials for allegedly not taking the arguments of the defense into account and manipulating evidence used in the trials.

In its complaint, the General Staff stated: “In trials in which active-duty and retired personnel of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) were tried, criminal evidence was produced to target the TSK and law enforcement units, judges and prosecutors serving during the trials did not take the defense of the lawyers into account and criminal evidence was manipulated by those persons serving in the trials.”

The army said it avoided remarks that would damage the judicial proceeding and only shared views and opinions with authorities and made suggestions.

The debate on re-trying military officers convicted in the Ergenekon and Balyoz trials came after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's chief advisor, Yalçın Akdogan, wrote an op-ed piece in the Yeni Safak daily claiming that the convicted officers had been framed by groups within the judiciary. He alleged that the same groups are now orchestrating a sweeping corruption investigation targeting the government.

The army said it has always highlighted the rule of law and tried to stay out of current debates.

The statement also said it doesn’t have any type of relations with a truck intercepted in southern Turkish province of Hatay.

Cihan

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