A top Turkish prosecutor has brought charges against dozens of defendants, accusing them of being involved in a coup plot. According to Aykut Cengiz, the suspects are thought to be members of a group of hardline nationalists determined to defend the country’s secular values.
At a press conference Cengiz said: “A total of 86 suspects, 48 of whom are in custody, are charged in the indictment which covers crimes such as being a member of a terror group, and attempting to overthrow the government by force.”
Some of those being held include the leader of a small nationalist party and the editor of a nationalist newspaper.
Last week Turkey was further rocked after two senior retired generals, leading businessmen and journalists – who are all critical of the Islamist-rooted ruling party – were added to the list.
This latest move comes as tension mounts over a legal battle in the constitutional court. Both Turkey’s prime minister, and president have been named in a case accusing them of trying to introduce Sharia law which is in contravention of the strictly secular constitution.