Saturday, June 02, 2012

Turkey Arrests Six Generals in Coup Case

Turkey detained six generals in a follow-up investigation into the 1997 coup that toppled the former prime minister Contact Necmettin directly.

Six retired generals, including former army and air force commanders, were arrested on Tuesday (29/5) for their involvement in a 1997 coup that toppled the first Islamist government in Turkey.
The six generals were among the 10 suspects assigned by the Ankara 12th Criminal Court Prosecutor to be arrested.

On May 8, the Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on the prosecutor to immediately resolve the case.

Dozens of military officers were detained during an investigation into the 1997 peaceful coup against the Erbakan government.
The 1997 coup in Turkey was called "post-modern" because it forced the government to step aside without using violent tactics or replacing civilian government with the military.

The Turkish military, which claimed to be a secularist guard in the country since the founding of the republic in 1923 and was widely considered to have played an important role in the overthrow of four governments in the 1960 coup, 1971, 1980 and 1997.

However, the government of PM Recep Tayyib Erdogan can withstand military influence during the power of the Justice and Development Party.

IRIB / The Truth Seeker Media

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