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Eight retired military officers arrested in Turkey

Last Updated: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 18:27

Ankara: Turkey`s state-run news agency says authorities have arrested eight more retired officers over their alleged involvement in the ousting of an Islamic-led government in the late 1990s.

Anadolu Agency reports say the eight, including seven retired generals, were detained on Wednesday and Thursday pending a trial over a military campaign that forced former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan to resign.

No trial date has been set.

Anadolu, Friday, said that authorities were also questioning six other generals, including a former Air Force commander. They had not been arrested.

Several other officers have already been charged in Erbakan`s ouster, which has been dubbed Turkey`s "post-modern coup" because the military simply pressured the government to resign.

Turkey has curtailed the military`s powers and is making generals account for intervening in government affairs.


First Published: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 18:27
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