Former Turkish army chief arrested by court

Former Turkish army chief arrested by court
# 06 January 2012 02:01 (UTC +04:00)
Turkey has seen a frame of photo for the first time in its history when former Chief of General Staff Gen. Ä°lker BaÅŸbuÄŸ arrived at Ä°stanbul Courthouse on Thursday afternoon. He was arrested by the Court in the first hour of the following day after a-day-long questioning.

"The Republic of Turkey’s 26th Chief of General Staff has been arrested with accusation of founding and managing a terrorist organization. The glorious Turkish people shall assess this,” said Gen. Başbuğ while being transferred to prison.

A formal investigation was opened against former Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ on Tuesday as part of “Internet Memorandum” inquiry. Gen. İlker Başbuğ arrived at İstanbul Courthouse on Thursday afternoon to be questioned as a “suspect”. This arrival was a first in Turkey’s history as no Chiefs of General Staff had been questioned in a case regarding their duties.

The İstanbul 13th High Criminal Court has previously made a decision by asking the İstanbul Prosecutor’s Office to include former Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ in an investigation into allegations that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) set up websites to spread anti-government propaganda. According to claims, a military plot to discredit the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), known as the “Internet Memorandum”, was posted on a number of websites that are believed to have been set up by the General Staff to support the Turkish Armed Forces’ (TSK) propaganda campaigns. A formal investigation was opened against former Chief of General Staff on Tuesday. The investigation was opened by the Office of Specially Authorised Prosecutor of İstanbul. It will be carried out by the Ergenekon Case prosecutor Cihan Kansız.

Gen. Başbuğ, who arrived at the Courthouse with 3 cars, left the questions of journalists unanswered. He was arrested by the Court in the first hour of the following day after a-day-long questioning, with accusations of “managing terrorist organization” and “attempting coup.”






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THE OPERATION IS BEING PERFORMED