Turkish court arrests 17 in Feb. 28 coup case

Prosecutor decides to detain 17 people in ongoing post-modern coup probe in Turkey

Turkish court arrests 17 in Feb. 28 coup case

World Bulletin/News Desk

Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office decided on Tuesday to detain 17 people in the ongoing post-modern military intervention investigation.      

Six of people whom the prosecutor's office want to detain in the ongoing investigation are military officers on duty and the rest 11 are retired officers.      

Moreover, police are searching 15 locations in Ankara, Istanbul, Izmir, Kars, Erzincan, Denizli, Kocaeli, Balikesir and Usak within the scope of the probe.      

The post-modern coup, or the February 28 process, refers to a military intervention that forced late ex-prime minister Necmettin Erbakan to resign in June 1997 after serving only a year in office.      

The process took its name from the February 28, 1997 meeting of the National Security Council (MGK).

The Feb. 28 coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf. The military was purged of members with suspected ties to religious groups.

In addition, a number of newspapers were closed down after the coup based on an MGK decision that required closer monitoring of media outlets.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Mayıs 2012, 15:30

Muhammed Öylek