POLITICS > A Turkish court arrests four retired generals in ‘coup’ case


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Retired general Orhan Yöney (C) was among the four retired army officials arrested on Feb. 13. AA photo

Retired general Orhan Yöney (C) was among the four retired army officials arrested on Feb. 13. AA photo

Four retired generals were arrested Feb. 13 in relation to the ongoing investigation for the “post-modern coup” of Feb. 28, 1997. The Ankara chief prosecutor had earlier in the day asked for the arrest of five retired generals questioned by the court.

The arrested retired generals were identified as Orhan Yöney, Köksal Karabay, Hayri Bülent Alpkaya and Altaç Atılan by Anatolia news agency. Another retired general, Ersin Yılmaz, was released under probationary conditions, Anatolia news agency has reported.

In early January, former Chief of General Staff Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı was released after his testimony in the same investigation on condition of control.

The “post-modern” coup, or the Feb. 28 process, refers to a military intervention that forced late ex-Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to resign. Suspects who have so far been detained in relation to the Feb. 28 investigation were sent to court on charges of “attempting to annul the government of the Republic of Turkey; or attempting to partially or entirely block the government from performing its duties.”

“The judiciary is fulfilling its own duty and as the executive [body], we are doing our part,” PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in response to reporters’ questions about developments in the ongoing investigation.


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mara mcglothin

2/14/2013 8:29:03 PM

KOKSUZ Don't hold your breath! This would be comical if it weren't so very sad, and such an embarrassment on the World stage.

Köksüz Kosmopolit

2/14/2013 11:27:58 AM

@Murat, one sincerely hopes that by 2023, the government is the hands of those loyal to the Republic rather than those seeking to destroy it.

Faruk Beisser

2/14/2013 9:33:15 AM

Hooray, hooray, hooray, how dared they back then try to prevent an islamic state like Iran! Thank heaven we now have the Great Leader and his kangaroo court to revenge himself for that.


2/14/2013 2:51:13 AM

Prison-building must be quite a growth industry under AKP rule.

Tekion Particle

2/14/2013 1:22:01 AM

What again? When will they give it rest? Enough is enough. .


2/13/2013 11:27:20 PM

They will milk this non-coup until 2023 it seems.
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