Turkey arrests 2 majors in wake of Gölcük revelations

The documents are most likely to be added to the Sledgehammer case file after an examination.

Turkey arrests 2 majors in wake of Gölcük revelations

World Bulletin / News Desk

Maj. Kemalettin Yakar, head of the intelligence unit at the Gölcük Naval Command, and Maj. Behçet Altıntaş were arrested on Thursday on charges of membership in a terrorist organization.

The two officers were interrogated by civilian prosecutors about their connection to confidential documents seized from the command in December. The documents are believed to have been compiled by a prostitution racket accused of using blackmail to extract vital state security information from high-ranking military officers and senior bureaucrats with the intention of selling it to foreign intelligence services.

Confidential documents seized from the command were found to include copies of the Sledgehammer Security Operation Plan as well as the Oraj (Thunderstorm), Suga, Sakal (Beard) and Çarşaf (Chador) plans -- all sub-plots in the Sledgehammer plan.

Civilian prosecutors questioned Yakar and Altıntaş about their connection to the documents. No other details about the interrogation are available. The two were later arrested by an İstanbul court and sent to Hasdal Prison. Both are accused of membership in a terrorist organization.

The copies of the Sledgehammer plan seized at the Gölcük Naval Command were forwarded to the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court for an examination by the İstanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office. The case against Sledgehammer is being heard at that court. Sledgehammer is a suspected coup plot devised at a military gathering in 2003 that allegedly sought to undermine the government in order to lay the groundwork for a military takeover.

The documents are most likely to be added to the Sledgehammer case file after an examination.

"Confidential documents"

The documents seized at Gölcük command also include a document that features the genuine signature of a rear admiral. The name of the rear admiral was not released.

According to the document, the rear admiral ordered Col. Dursun Çiçek, who is currently in prison, to prepare an action plan to fight against "rising reactionaryism" in Turkey. Upon the order, Çiçek drafted the Action Plan to Fight Reactionaryism, a plot aimed at the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the faith-based Gülen movement.

Çiçek was arrested last year, for the third time, on charges of membership in a terrorist organization. The document has strengthened suspicions that the jailed colonel is not the only person responsible for the action plan and that he prepared the plan upon an order from his superiors.

The documents also include communiqués from Vice Adm. Kadir Sağdıç and Col. Ali Türkşen, which ordered that a large cache of munitions be buried on land owned by the İstek Foundation in İstanbul's Poyrazköy neighborhood.

Police found a large cache of munitions in Poyrazköy on land owned by the İstek Foundation in 2009.

The contents of all documents have spurred prosecutors to question whether the Gölcük Naval Command was the “epicenter” of the Ergenekon terrorist organization. Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal network accused of working to overthrow the government. Dozens of its suspected members, including members of the military, businessmen and journalists, are currently in prison pending trial.

"Eighth hearing"

The eighth hearing of the Sledgehammer trial was held at the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court on Friday.

Of the 195 suspects in the case, 170 were present in the courtroom. All suspects in the case are retired and active duty members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) and stand accused of a failed attempt to destroy Parliament and overthrow the government. Such a charge calls for a jail sentence of up to 20 years in prison.

The lawyer for former Naval Forces Commander Adm. Özden Örnek told judges that his client failed to appear in court for health reasons.

The lawyer for retired Gen. Çetin Doğan, the prime suspect in the case, said he wanted to speak about the confidential documents seized at the Gölcük Naval Command. However, presiding Judge Ömer Diken said the prosecutors and judges involved in the case have not examined the documents yet and did not allow the lawyer to deliver a statement on the documents.

The hearing continued with the reading of the 968-page indictment.

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Mike
Mike - 10 yıl Before

How much longer must we wait for the next coup?