Sledgehammer trial officer goes missing

A former Turkish army officer who faces 16 years in prison for his role in Turkey’s ‘sledgehammer’ case has gone missing.

Sledgehammer trial officer goes missing

World Bulletin / News Desk

A former Turkish army officer, Marine Colonel Haldun Ermin, who faces a 16 year prison sentence if found guilty in the ‘sledgehammer’ trial, has gone missing.

Ermin, who could be imprisoned for his role in a plan to topple the democratically elected government of Turkey, escaped after police took him to a military hospital in Ankara for treatment.

According to the Milliyet newspaper, Ermin escaped after being taken to hospital for a urology check-up yesterday. He apparently slipped past the security staff who had escorted him to the hospital. The authorities have been notified and are currently conducting a manhunt to find the missing colonel.

Ermin’s name appeared a number of times in papers believed to belong to navy admirals as a supported for the planned coup. He was one of eight officers who are suspected of preparing the groundwork for the coup.  

Güncelleme Tarihi: 12 Ekim 2013, 14:37