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Turkish court formally charges 7 military officers in alleged coup plot

24 February 2010 [14:16] - TODAY.AZ
A Turkish court has formally charged and jailed seven senior Turkish military officers for allegedly plotting several years ago to overthrow the government.
The wiretap evidence and discovery of alleged military plans drafted in 2003 to overthrow the government led to the detention of about 50 commanders Monday in the highest-profile crackdown ever on the military, which has ousted four governments since 1960.

A court in Istanbul ordered that four admirals, an army general and two staff colonels be jailed. It released six other officers Wednesday, but it was not clear whether they were freed pending trial.

Prosecutors are still questioning dozens of other high-ranking officers, including former chiefs of the Navy, Air Force and Special Forces.

Those arrested include Adm. Ramazan Cem Gündeniz, Adm. Aziz Çakmak, retired Gen. Mehmet Kaya Varol, retired Adm. Ali Deniz Kutluk and retired Adm. Özer Karabulut.

/Hurriyet Daily News/

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