Turkey re-arrests retired general over coup plot

Turkish authorities have re-arrested a four-star general over an alleged plot to overthrow the government, state-run news agency Anatolian said on Friday.

Turkey re-arrests retired general over coup plot

Turkish authorities have re-arrested a four-star general over an alleged plot to overthrow the government, state-run news agency Anatolian said on Friday.

Cetin Dogan, former head of Turkey's prestigious First Army, was one of the most senior figures to be charged during a wave of military detentions in February.

Dogan spent a month in custody before being released at the start of April pending trial. Prosecutors then ordered his re-arrest, although this was delayed to allow him to have "treatment for a hernia" in hospital.

Scores of officers have been detained and charged over the alleged "Sledgehammer" plot. Some were later freed on bail and others re-arrested.

Turkey's military, which is the second largest in NATO, says there is no conspiracy and Operation Sledgehammer was merely a war game exercise presented at a seminar.

The operation involved bombing mosques and provoking Greece into shooting down a Turkish war plane to create a war-like situation and destabilise the government.

Reuters

Last Mod: 23 Nisan 2010, 14:27
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