Turkish general called for new probe, YAS decisions expected

The probe comes as the Supreme Military Council debates Tuesday disputed promotions of suspected soldiers for the third day.

Turkish general called for new probe, YAS decisions expected

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish prosecutor launched a probe on "Internet Memorandum", calling on 19 suspects including one general who expects promotion as Land Forces Commander to testify urgently.

The probe comes as the Supreme Military Council (YAS), Turkey's highest military decision-making organ, has convened Tuesday on the third day of its annual gathering.

Ergenekon Prosecutor Zekeriya Oz on Monday launched the investigation into claims that Colonel Cicek presented a memorandum to Gen. Igsiz in which he allegedly said he created internet sites in order to wear out the government.

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan is presiding the meeting at the General Staff Headquarters in Ankara.

The 19 suspects including the 1st Army Commander General Hasan Igsiz, Lieutenant Admiral Mehmet Otuzbiroglu and Colonel Dursun Cicek were called to testify urgently, and five different locations were raided.

General Staff Judge Advocate Brigadier General Hifzi Cubuklu along with two lieutenant generals and a lieutenant admiral were also called to testify.

Turkish media said, army insists Gen. Igsiz becomes new commander of the Land Forces at YAS meeting.

Gen. Hasan Igsiz will give testimony as "suspect" in Ergenekon case on claims over the document which was allegedly signed also by Igsiz. According to the document, Colonel Cicek had set up internet sites to wear out the government. Cicek had said those sites were made for white propaganda, media reported.

However, media also said, Premier Recep Tayyip Erdogan had opposed to the promotion of 11 generals about whom arrest warrants were issued in Sledgehammer coup case as well as promotion of Igsiz as the land forces commander.


Turkish military's new full generals have been named on the second day of the Supreme Military Council meeting. Lieutenant generals Yalcin Ataman and Servet Yoruk, two of 11 generals awaiting promotion, have become new full generals of the Turkish Armed Forces, Turkish Daily Sabah said.

Meanhile, 11th Heavy Penal Court has not made a decision on objections of 11 general and admiral suspects in Sledgehammer coup cases.

In the second day of YAS meeting, the mandate of some suspected military officers under the Sledgehammer probe, were extended for one year without promotion, another Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak said.

TSK official policy does not allow the promotion of a military officer if he is on trial. “A military staff member who is imprisoned or is still being tried cannot be promoted,” stipulates Article 65 of the Law on TSK Personnel.

Sledgehammer is a suspected coup plot created in 2003 at a military gathering with the intent of overthrowing the ruling AK Party government.

The decisions made by the council will be made public after being submitted to the Presidential Office for approval on August 4.

Both Erdogan's and President Abdullah Gul's signatures are required for promotion of Igsiz.

However, media said, Turkish President may reject some YAS decisions on the appoinments of suspected generals in coup probes.


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Turkey's YAS debates disputed promotions of coup suspects

Turkey to name new top military leaders amid coup cases

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Ağustos 2010, 15:24