Turkish court rejects retrial in coup plot case

A Turkish court has rejected an appeal for the retrial of suspects imprisoned in the 'sledgehammer' case.

Turkish court rejects retrial in coup plot case

World Bulletin / News Desk

Istanbul 10th High Penal Court rejected on Friday the appeal by attorneys for the 'retrial' of those convicted in Turkey's "Sledgehammer" coup plot.

The newly-founded delegation of the Istanbul 10th High Penal Court declined the appeal by unanimous vote.

Turkey's Supreme Court of Appeals upheld on October 9 the prison sentences for more than 230 military officers including two force commanders in a trial on the military coup plot back in 2003. 

In line with the court's ruling, the acquittal of 36 officers was approved while the convictions of 88 were overturned.

Those whose sentences were upheld by the court include retired General Cetin Dogan, commander of the esteemed First Army; former Air Forces Commander General Halil Ibrahim Firtina; retired Admiral Ozden Ornek, the former commander of the naval forces; and retired General Engin Alan who was elected to parliament in 2011 as a member of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party.     

Sledgehammer ("Balyoz" in Turkish) is an alleged military coup plan by a faction in the Turkish Armed Forces which reportedly dates back to 2003, a year after the ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party came to power.

The plot allegedly sought to undermine the government, laying the groundwork for a military takeover. The convicts are accused of a failed attempt to overthrow the elected government. According to the plan, the military was to systematically incite chaos in society through sensational plots including bombings of mosques in Istanbul and the downing of a Turkish warplane over the Aegean sea.

The Sledgehammer documents were the basis of a presentation given by the then 1st Army commander during a military conference from March 5-7, 2003 held at the Selimiye Barracks in Istanbul. 

According to the court, military officers brainstormed a coup plan during the conference, which the defendants argued was held as part of a series of regular "war seminars."

The Sledgehammer case started in February 21, 2010 with operations in nine provinces during which many people - including officers on active duty, retired admirals, generals and colonels - were detained.

Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2014, 17:54
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