There is no sign of a let-up in Turkey’s crackdown on alleged coup plotters, with reports that at least 18 more military officers have been arrested.
The round-up comes as other suspects were taken to court in connection with claims the secular armed forces tried to bring down the government.
Tensions between the military and the ruling Islamist-rooted AK Party have risen since dozens of members of the military were detained on Monday.
Declaring that “no one is above the law”, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that conspirators would face justice.
In a bid to calm the situation, he and Turkish President Abdullah Gul met the head of the military, General Ilker Basbug, in talks that were said to have gone “very well.” But press coverage of the crisis meeting was not to the premier’s liking.
“I want to call the bosses of these newspapers,” he told party colleagues, blaming the media for sparking alarm among investors on Turkish markets.
“Nobody has a right to increase tension in this country. I cannot let such articles upset financial balances.”
Despite Turkey’s history of military coups, most people believe the generals would not dare challenge the popular AK Party. The government firmly rejects critics’ claims that it harbours a hidden Islamist agenda.