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    Turkish opposition CHP to monitor controversial Ergenekon case

    HotNewsTurkey with wires
    17.10.2008 - 10:01 | Son Güncelleme:

    Turkey's main opposition CHP will form a commission to monitor the controversial Ergenekon case, the state-run Anatolian Agency reported on Thursday. (UPDATED)

    The commission, consisting of the Republican People's Party (CHP) deputies, would monitor the trials of those charged under the controversial Ergenekon case due to start on Oct. 20.

    The members of the commission are expected to be determined in the coming days.    

    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.

    Not all those being held in custody have been formally charged. However a number have been indicted on 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 Oct. 20.

    The indictment of the operation failed to satisfy, as many in Turkey still question whether this operation is really aimed at cracking down on an illegal gang or being used as a means of suppressing the opposition.

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