Turkish court frees last suspect in Sledgehammer coup case

Turkish court released the last suspect in Sledgehammer coup case, the ongoing trial of an alleged military plot to overthrow the government.

Turkish court frees last suspect in Sledgehammer coup case


World Bulletin / News Desk

Turkish court on Friday released the last suspect in Sledgehammer coup case, the ongoing trial of an alleged military plot to overthrow the AK Party government.

Koylu was the 32nd Sledgehammer suspect to be released from prison pending trial.

Col. Koylu is accused of being in charge of Karargah houses, secret meeting places of officers and War Academy cadets known as command houses, Turkey's Cihan News Agency said.

Sledgehammer is a suspected coup plot devised in 2003 at a military gathering. According to the plan, the military was to systematically foment chaos in society through violent acts, 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 military takeover.

There are more than 190 defendants in the Sledgehammer case.

The indictment against the plot was submitted to the İstanbul 10th High Criminal Court earlier this week. The court has yet to examine the document and either accept it or return it to prosecutors for further work. The 800-page document indicts 196 members of the military, both retired and on active duty, over their alleged roles in the coup plan.

The document points to retired Gen. Cetin Dogan, the former head of the 1st Army, as the prime suspect. The general was arrested twice earlier this year but later released from prison -- first due to health problems and then due to the fact that he poses a low flight risk.

Karargah houses were reportedly used by members of the Ergenekon organization to discuss strategic plans to manipulate decisions made by the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). The existence of those covert meeting places was revealed as part of the ongoing Ergenekon investigation.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 09 Temmuz 2010, 18:10
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