Three more Balyoz coup case suspects flee abroad

The Bugün daily reported on Sunday that six suspects are currently overseas, despite arrest warrants issued in their names.

Three more Balyoz coup case suspects flee abroad

World Bulletin / News Desk

Three more accused in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot, a plot devised in 2003 with the aim of unseating the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government through violent acts, reportedly fled abroad the same day a local court issued warrants for their arrest.

The Bugün daily reported on Sunday that six suspects are currently overseas, despite arrest warrants issued in their names. The most recent to flee, on the day of the final hearing, are military judge Tülay Delibaş and retired Cols. Ramazan Kamural Göksel and Turgay Bülent Göktürk. The first three suspects to flee the country preceding the handing down of the judgment were Cols. Enver Aksoy and Cem Kızıl and Lt. Col. Aykar Tekin.

Delibaş's lawyer claimed that she would turn herself in after bidding farewell to her loved ones, but this never eventuated. Her name appears in a Word document elaborating on the work to be done in case of a failure in the restructure of Naval Forces Command following a coup, and listing the names of military judges proposed to carry out the work.

Delibaş served as prosecutor in a trial heard by a military court against suspects including mathematics professor Ali Nesin, actress Lale Mansur and journalist Etyen Mahçupyan, all accused of disseminating propaganda against the military.

The Balyoz indictment stated that Göksel, another runaway, was responsible for organizing the detainment and arrest of bureaucrats, local governors and media personalities. Göktürk, on the other hand, was named among key personnel to work at 92 “sensitive facilities,” including airports and radio/TV receiver stations, according to the indictment.

The final judgment in the trial was handed down two weeks ago. Of 365 defendants, 325 were convicted by the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court. The court held that the defendants had drafted a coup plan and made preparations for the overthrow of the government, but were unable to implement the plan due to circumstances beyond their control.

Arrest warrants were issued against 69 suspects who had been released pending trial and were absent in the courtroom when sentences were delivered. While 43 of them surrendered to the authorities, 26 have not yet been located.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Eylül 2012, 17:37
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