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Ret Adm Özden Örnek

Ret Adm Özden Örnek

Yesterday's verdict in the "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) coup plot case "struck the final nail in the Turkish Armed Forces' coffin," according to Tolga Örnek, the son of retired Adm. Özden Örnek, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison by the court.

Speaking during a live broadcast on CNNTürk yesterday, Örnek said the suspects and their families expected a prison sentence from the court "because the entire process aimed at doing so" but did not expect such a "ruthless" punishment from the judges.

"Today is the day that the Turkish Armed Forces is finished, as far as I am concerned," Örnek said. "They have tried for so long to finish the Armed Forces, and today they struck the final nail on its coffin."

Arguing that the court acted impartially and justly throughout the trial would be "an insult to the defendants' levels of intelligence," an emotional Örnek told CNNTürk anchor Şirin Payzın over the phone, adding that suggestions that the verdict would prevent any further coup attempts were "idiotic."
 
"Is imprisoning innocent people the way to prevent coups in this country?" Örnek asked bitterly.

Örnek also expressed his sorrow that former army chiefs Gen. Hilmi Özkök and Gen. Yaşar Büyükanıt refused to come to court to testify. "Their testimonies could have changed the outcome of the case. The court refused to call them in despite the fact that all of the suspects wanted to call them in as witnesses. Still, they could have joined the case as witnesses by their own will but did not. I am ashamed to have called them 'uncle' in the past," Örnek said.

Örnek said they would go the Supreme Court of Appeals and that the legal proceedings had not ended yet. 

September/22/2012

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david coors

9/23/2012 7:10:34 PM

4. Democratic Republic of Turkiye, to be perfectly respectful to human rights of both civilian citizens and enlisted members of the military until they truly recognize that enlisted members of the military and citizens of Turkiye all have unalienable basic human rights and freedoms and are not pashas' and zabits' slaves.

david coors

9/23/2012 7:09:47 PM

3. (including my parents) nobody gave a damn. I had to give a bribe (a good size of box of sweets that I could not afford to buy for myself) to one of the judges of TSK upper court to receive my discharge papers. If government (including executive, legislature and judiciary branches) are serious about what they are saying, they should reform military by educating every single military officer, not as pashas and zabits, but as military officers of the

david coors

9/23/2012 7:08:51 PM

2. or no ventilation in 50+ deg/centigrade in summers (let alone air conditioning), busted pipes flooding the floors. TSK violated every word and merit of Geneva convention for POWs. Being a POW in communist Russia would be much better than being an enlisted person including the most senior NCO in Turkish military under the rule of pashas and zabits. The worst of all, nobody, nobody including members of parliament, police, clergy, parents of the abused

david coors

9/23/2012 7:07:46 PM

1. I remember well my military service in Turkey. Who can forget! It was like a true hell on Earth. Much worse than hell actually. I was under constant psychological and physical torture: beating, very bad and very little food, very bad or no hygiene, insults and obscene language, insults to my family members like to my mother, father and siblings, zero recreation, very bad sleeping quarters with no heating in near zero centigrade temperature in winters or

ilker avni

9/23/2012 6:14:24 PM

@Mark Tap You say the AKP party wants to destroy Turkey,explain how its doing this? sending coup leaders to prison is that how they destroying Turkey?.The AKP party is cleansing Turkey of these men who thought that they would never be held accountable for they wicked evil actions like murdering they own troops and then blaming the PKK..Power had gone to they heads,the son of the admiral,who said that the Turkish armed forces is dead is a proving point how deluded they are.

Cem Mendes

9/23/2012 12:39:24 PM

A strong military presence was essential in Turkey since beginning the Republic, inorder to stop it descending into a civil war. Especially in 1980 coup, Kenan Evren then introduced a system of economic growth via mainly through US Aid and Turgut Ozal which modernised the an otherwise bankrupt corrupt nation.So the Military was very important to todays industrious nation. But since 90's the military is not so necessary as there is strong political party to police nation.

Faruk Beisser

9/23/2012 9:45:27 AM

Ah yes, the commentators from Gülen's AKP here! Blind in their ignorance of the real goals of Erbakan's followers to what is going on, convicting people in AKP kangaroo courts on false charges and fake evidence in order to remove any obstacle in the path towards turning Turkey into another state like Iran and Saudi Arabia! And when these commentators one day wake up and find themselves in another Iran, they will be howling, but too late.

Mark Tak

9/23/2012 8:23:31 AM

There will be a time all AKP will be collected by the military CEMSE s and shipped to army barraks and their entire walth they stole from Turkis public will be taken back and each will serve life in prison for been a traitor of their country, AKP is nothing more than Stalin comunist party with valvet gloves, Mr Erdogan and Mr, Gul will be in trial sooner than we all think, l have never seen or witnessed such a pary who wants to destroy Turkey,all the new devolt are financed by international bank

ilker avni

9/23/2012 4:51:44 AM

They lucky not to be hunged for treason like in the good old days,they would be hung by the neck like washing line.They deserve what they get,killing innocent citizens and then putting the blame on someone else,or useing innocent lives to prove or justify they coups or to overthrow a demorcractily elected goverment,thats plain treason.They should have been hung.I Salute the AKP party for exposeing these criminals and takeing down this mafia run military, who only served themselfs.

ilker avni

9/23/2012 4:41:48 AM

The Turkish military was a mafia unaccountable to know one,the damage done by the military to the country and its people had sent back Turkey fifty years,the leaders abused they powers like all leaders power goes to they heads and thought they were invincible.When the system breaksdown,you fix it,starting all over again.The previous military leaders did not work for the country,but for themselfs.Quiet rightly they should be put on trial,the innocent ones obeying orders should be sent free.
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