Journalist Mustafa Balbay, who was sentenced to 34 years, eight months in prison in the Ergenekon trial, has been transferred from Silivri Prison in İstanbul to Sincan Prison in Ankara, while retired Gen. Çetin Doğan, who was sentenced to 20 years in prison in the Sledgehammer coup trial, is also set to be transferred to the same prison. Balbay's transfer took place on Thursday at his request. Following the İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court announcing its final rulings in the trial of Ergenekon, a shadowy crime network which was accused of plotting to topple the government, in early August, Balbay applied to Justice Ministry's Directorate General of Prisons requesting a transfer to Sincan Prison in Ankara so that his family, who lives in Ankara, could visit him more easily.
Balbay's request was approved, and he was transferred from Silivri Prison to Sincan Prison on Thursday morning.
However, Gen. Doğan's transfer to Sincan is not at his request. Doğan will be transferred to Sincan Prison and stay there for a time while he testifies as part of a probe into the Feb.28, 1997 military coup, which is being overseen by Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office.
Doğan is accused of giving some illegal orders to military members during the days of the Feb. 28 coup.
The Feb. 28 coup, which led to the toppling of a coalition government led by a conservative party on the grounds that there was rising religious fundamentalism in the country, introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf at universities and many other public places. The military was purged of members with suspected ties to religious groups.
CihanGüncelleme Tarihi: 24 Ağustos 2013, 13:47