Twenty-five detained in Thursday's Ergenekon operations- official

Twenty-five detained in Thursdays Ergenekon operations- official

A total of 25 people, including police and army officers on active duty, were detained in the simultaneous operation held Thursday in several provinces of Turkey as part of the Ergenekon probe, the Istanbul Deputy Chief Prosecutor said Friday. (UPDATED)

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Turan Colakkadi told reporters that the detainees were brought to Istanbul for interrogation.


Turkish police detained Thursday dozens of people around the country and searched the offices of a private TV channel and a union in Ankara under the latest wave of the controversial Ergenekon investigation.

Together with police and army officers, Mustafa Ozbek, the chairman of Turkish Metal Union, Erhan Goksel, the chairman of Verso Center of Political Research, and Unal Inanc, a journalist specializing in judicial affairs, were among the detainees in Thursday's operation.

Colakkadi earlier said he would not say how many people were detained in the Thursday's raids, and signaled that there could be more detainments in the coming days.depending on the evidence uncovered in the operations.

Colakkadi also told reporters Friday that the suspects detained in January's operations could be named in a third indictment. No announcement has been made regarding the release date of the third indictment.

The second indictment in the Ergenekon case, which covers those detained after the sixth wave of the operation on July 1, is expected to be made public in four weeks, he said on Thursday.

The case, which divided Turkey, was filed against more than 80 people on the charge of forming an illegal organization to provoke a series of events that would pave the way for a military coup. However many believe the government use the Ergenekon case as an excuse to suppress its opposition.



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