Turkish Police Detain More Military Officers

From Reuters:  Turkish police began detaining up to 90 military officers over an alleged 2003 coup plot before being stopped by a senior prosecutor, local media reported on Tuesday, highlighting divisions within the judiciary.

Fewer than 20 retired officers, including several generals were being held, as police were stopped from serving warrants on dozens more after the intervention of the chief prosecutor of Istanbul. …

Istanbul Chief Prosecutor Aykut Cengiz Engin told reporters he had replaced two junior prosecutors who had ordered Monday’s burst of detentions across 14 provinces, but gave no details.

His action illustrated the struggle between the senior judiciary and more junior prosecutors said to have sympathies with the ruling AK or Justice and Development Party.  (photo: Reuters)

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