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Tough government crackdown on Turkish military

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Tough government crackdown on Turkish military


Two retired Turkish generals have been charged over an alleged plot to topple the government.
The two are the most senior military figures to be charged in the case. One is the former head of the Turkish First Army, the other a former special forces commander.

Hours earlier police had conducted a second wave of military detentions. The widened investigation has now seen more than 30 officers charged and jailed.
General Cetin Dogan’s defense lawyer Celal Ulgen has his doubts about the legal system in the country: “I have to say that first, there are serious problems in the justice system in Turkey. The Turkish legal system is under serious threat.”

Reports of a police operation stretching across the country could raise the stakes in a potential
stand-off between the ruling Islamist-based party AKP and the fiercely secular armed forces.

It represents the largest ever crackdown on Turkey’s military which has ousted four civilian governments in the last 50 years.

Wiretap evidence and the discovery of alleged plans for a military coup prompted this week’s detentions.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to put on trial everyone who conspired against the country’s democacy. All suspects have reportedly denied the allegations of plans to foment chaos and trigger a military takeover. Opposition leaders claim the coup investigation is tinged by politics. The government rejects the charge.

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