Turkish court arrested two colonels charged for being part of the Sledgehammer coup plan.
Bayram Ali Tavlayan and Yaşar Dilber, who were issued an arrest warrant after Turkish court doled out prison sentences for more than 300 suspects, were arrested in a brief interim court hearing on Monday.
The colonels were two of 45 suspects who were arrested after the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court delivered its final verdict. There are currently 24 suspects who still didn’t surrender to the police.
Sledgehammer is a coup plot believed to have been devised in 2003 with the aim of unseating the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government through violent acts. According to the Sledgehammer plan, the military was to systematically foment chaos in society through acts of violence, among which were planned bomb attacks on the Fatih and Beyazıt mosques in İstanbul. The plot allegedly sought to undermine the government to lay the groundwork for a coup d'état. The military, which has overthrown three governments since 1960 and pressured a conservative government to step down in 1997, has denied the existence of such a plan.
There are more than 300 convicts, all retired or active duty members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), in the Sledgehammer coup case. The convicts include retired Gen. Çetin Doğan, former Air Force Commander İbrahim Fırtına, former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Özden Örnek and retired Gen. Engin Alan.Güncelleme Tarihi: 01 Ekim 2012, 18:00