Turkey jails two more prominent generals

Former Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Güner and retired Land Forces Commander Gen. Erdal Ceylanoğlu

From Today’s Zaman:  After Ankara prosecutors on Wednesday referred five top commanders of the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup for arrest after they testified in the investigation into the coup, two prominent generals were sent to jail by the court. 

Just one day before the 16th anniversary of the Feb. 28, 1997 postmodern coup, five retired generals, including former Land Forces Commander retired Gen. Erdal Ceylanoğlu and former Deputy Chief of General Staff Gen. Aslan Güner, and one active duty colonel were summoned to the Ankara Courthouse on Wednesday to testify as part of an investigation into the coup.

Early on Wednesday, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office demanded the testimony of Güner and Ceylanoğlu — who were top commanders during the coup period — as well as retired Maj. Gens. Mehmet Başpınar and Yücel Özsır and Col. Mehmet Cumhur Yatıkkaya. Güner and Ceylanoğlu were accompanied by police officers to the Ankara Courthouse, while the other officers were in other provinces. They were initially taken to state hospitals in their cities for a medical check-up and later brought to Ankara. They were then taken to the courthouse for their testimony to be heard by prosecutors involved in the Feb. 28 probe. . . .

More than 10 generals and admirals have been arrested over the last month as part of the same probe. Currently, 72 people have been jailed as part of the Feb. 28 coup probe. The prosecutors have so far heard from 70 victims of the Feb. 28 coup.   (photo: Today’s Zaman)

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