Two generals arrested in Turkey’s 1997 coup case

Updated 28 February 2013
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Two generals arrested in Turkey’s 1997 coup case

ISTANBUL: Two more retired Turkish generals were jailed overnight in connection with a probe into a bloodless coup in 1997 that led to the removal of an Islamist-led government, the Anatolia news agency reported Thursday.
General Yucel Ozsir and former land forces commander General Erdal Ceylanoglu were among four ex-generals summoned to testify before prosecutors at an Ankara court on Wednesday, on the eve of the coup’s 16-year anniversary.
The two were sent to a high-security prison in Ankara’s Sincan district, the same place where army command rolled out tanks onto the streets in February 1997 in a thinly-veiled threat to then Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan, who stepped down a few months later.
“General Ceylanoglu was asked questions about the tanks rolling out on February 4, 1997,” his lawyer Erol Aras told Anatolia.
“There were no other solid accusations,” he added, noting that he would appeal Ceylanoglu’s arrest pending trial.
Prosecutors are preparing an indictment for around 90 suspects, including 60 retired and active military officers, as part of the probe launched in 2011 and seen as the latest standoff between the military and the Islamist-rooted Turkish government.
At least four other generals have been jailed for their alleged roles in the coup.
Turkey’s military has long seen itself as the guarantor of the country’s secular constitution.
But Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a former disciple of Erbakan, has sought to curb its powers.
In September, more than 300 retired and active military officers received prison sentences of up to 20 years for an undercover coup plot in 2003 to overthrow his government.
Hundreds of suspects, including army officers, journalists, academics and lawmakers, are being tried in separate cases over their alleged roles in plots to topple Erdogan’s government, in power since 2002.


Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

Updated 24 June 2018
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Gazan dies of wounds from Israel border clash: ministry

  • A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday
  • At least 134 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30

GAZA CITY, Palestinian Territories: A Palestinian man shot by Israeli forces two days ago during clashes on the Gaza border died of his wounds early Sunday, the health ministry in the Hamas-ruled territory said.
“Osama Khalil Abu Khater, 29-years-old, died of wounds to his stomach after being shot by the Israeli enemy east of Khan Yunis the day before yesterday,” ministry spokesman Ashraf Al-Qudra said.
Palestinian sources said he was shot during a border clash.
At least 134 Palestinians have been killed in clashes since mass protests broke out along the Gaza border on March 30.
No Israelis have been killed.
The protests peaked on May 14 when at least 62 Palestinians were killed as thousands approached the heavily guarded border fence on the same day the United States moved its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Israel says its use of live fire is necessary to defend its borders and stop infiltrations. It accuses Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of seeking to use the protests as cover for attacks.