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Indictment on Navy assassination plans accepted

ISTANBUL - Daily News with wires | 2/5/2010 12:00:00 AM |

An Istanbul Court for Serious Crimes has accepted an indictment on allegations that 19 Navy personnel planned to assassinate Navy admirals.

An Istanbul Court for Serious Crimes has accepted an indictment on allegations that 19 Navy personnel planned to assassinate Navy admirals.

The court, however, declined a request to combine the indictment with the Poyrazköy case, in which 17 people are accused of storing munitions in the Istanbul neighborhood of that name.

The investigation into the alleged plans to assassinate current top Navy commander Adm. Metin Ataç and former top Navy commander Adm. Eşef Uğur ended Jan. 29.

The charges against the 19 suspects include being members of an armed terrorist organization, keeping explosive materials and bullets and illegally recording personal information. The assassination case’s first trial will be held May 7.

The munitions in Poyrazköy were discovered April 28, 2009, within the scope of the investigation into the alleged Ergenekon gang, which is accused of planning to topple the government by staging a coup by first spreading chaos and mayhem.

[HH] Other officers on trial

Lt. Col. Mustafa Dönmez, who was on trial at the General Staff Military Court for “hiding military equipment, including munitions,” has meanwhile been sentenced to four years in prison and discharged from the military. Dönmez is also on trial as part of the Poyrazköy case.

Additionally, Kayseri Provincial Gendarmerie Commander Col. Cemal Temizöz, who is under arrest and on trial with six other suspects in Diyarbakır, has requested that his trial be transferred to a military court. The seven suspects are being charged with the murder of 23 people in Şırnak and surrounding areas between 1993 and 1995.

While Temizöz’s transfer request was denied, another request for a different judge was accepted and the case was sent to a higher court.

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