World Bulletin / News Desk
A Turkish court in Istanbul on Wednesday rejected requests for new judges and appeals against arrest warrants in the Sledgehammer case.
The 10th High Criminal Court on Friday ordered the re-arrest of 102 suspects, including two former force commanders.
Lawyers of 81 suspects on Tuesday appealed the arrest warrants. But the number of petitions against the warrants reached 87 today. None of the suspects has not surrendered to police yet for sixth day.
The suspects who will now be arrested include retired Gen. Cetin Dogan, retired force commanders Halil İbrahim Firtina and Ozden Ornek, retired Adm. Feyyaz Ogutcu and former Deputy Chief of General Staff Ergin Saygun.
The indictment in the Sledgehammer plan mentions 196 suspects and names retired Gen. Dogan, the former head of the 1st Army, as its prime suspect. Among other things, the indictment provides details of plans by coup instigators to cooperate with certain terrorist organizations to accomplish their ultimate goal, a coup.
At least 30 suspects also requested that new judges be assigned to the Sledgehammer trial.
However, the Istanbul 11th High Criminal Court rejected unanimously the requests for new judges.
After the decision, the 10th High Criminal Court has dismissed the appeals against arrest warrants and forwarded the petitions to the higher court, 11th High Criminal Court.
Sledgehammer is a suspected coup plot created in 2003 at a military gathering with the intent of overthrowing the ruling AK Party government.
According to the plan, the military was to systematically foment chaos in society through violent acts, among which were planned bomb attacks on the Fatih and Beyazıt mosques in Istanbul. The plot allegedly sought to undermine the government and to lay the groundwork for a military takeover.
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