Court to decide in Balyoz case
ANKARA - Hürriyet Daily NewsAn Ankara prosecutor demanded uphold of the convictions of 256 suspects in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot case, asking for a discernment for 67 other yesterday.
The 256 people include opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) Deputy Engin Alan Engin Alan, former Air Forces Chief Halil İbrahim Fırtına, former Navy Chief Özden Örnek, 1st Army Chief Çetin Doğan, and some other high-ranking retired generals. A former court verdict before the appellate procedure called for sentences between 18 to 20 year for the high-ranking retired generals. The Balyoz coup plot case went on for about three years and involved 365 suspects, 250 of whom were under arrest. The case was brought onto the agenda after documents titled “Balyoz Operation Plan,” dating back to 2003, were revealed by a daily newspaper two years ago.