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Six more people arrested in Turkey's Ergenekon investigation

Six more people arrested in Turkey's Ergenekon investigation
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A Turkish court arrested six more people, including an opponent journalist detained this week, in the "Ergenekon" investigation on Saturday.

A court on duty in Istanbul decided to send journalist Tuncay Ozkan; Adil Serdar Sacan, the former chief of Istanbul Anti-Organized Crime Department; Gurbuz Capan; a former mayor of Istanbul's Esenyurt district; retired judge colonel Tanju Guvendiren; Emcet Olcaytu, a writer of Aydinlik magazine; and doctor Huseyin Nazlikul to prison.

 

As a journalist, Ozkan’s stance is fiercely anti-government and pro-nationalist. He founded a website, "Biz Kac Kisiyiz? (How many are we?), as a platform for opposition against the AKP's Islamist policies. Ozkan's interrogation lasted 20 hours.

 

The court released doctor Mesut Ozcan.

 

The Ergenekon operation, which started in June 2007 with the discovery of grenades in a house in Istanbul’s Umraniye district, is allegedly a crackdown on an illegal organization believed to be planning provoking events that would pave the way for a military coup to overthrow the ruling AKP government.

 

The detainees will be charged with a number of crimes including “forming an armed terrorist organization, being a member of a terrorist organization, and aiding the organization.”

 

The 2455-page "Ergenekon" indictment has been filed at an Istanbul court, indicting 86 people, 47 of who are being held in jail.

 

Another indictment would be submitted for those detained in the latest two waves of the operation, including two retired generals, journalists, a business group leader and an actress.

 

An Istanbul court will hold the first hearing of the case on October 20th.

 

The indictment of the operation failed to satisfy as many in Turkey still question whether this operation is really aimed at to crackdown an illegal gang or used as a mean to suppress the opposition.


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