162 Turkish officers ordered jailed in coup trial

Former Air Force Commander Gen. Ibrahim Firtin is among those suspected of plotting to topple Turkey

From Suzan Fraser, the AP:  A Turkish court ruled Friday that 133 current and former military officers must be jailed pending the outcome of their trial on charges of plotting to overthrow the government and issued warrants for the arrests of 29 other officers, the state-run Anatolia news agency reported.

Security forces immediately closed all courthouse doors and detained the defendants, including the former air force and navy chiefs, private NTV television reported. The officers began chanting military songs to protest the court’s decision, the TV station reported.

The officers, including several high-ranking generals, are on trial accused of conspiring to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s Islamic-oriented government in 2003. All but one officer had been free until Friday’s hearing. …

The hearing was adjourned until March 14.

The defendants were scheduled to be taken to two prisons in Istanbul on Friday, NTV said. Lawyers for the defendants were expected to appeal the court’s decision.  (photo: AP)

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