Ankara: Turkish government has suspended two
generals and an admiral linked to an alleged plot to stage a
military coup, newspapers reported on Thursday.
The three were named in the probe of an alleged plan to
oust the government led by the Islamist-rooted Justice and
Development Party (AKP), newspapers said, adding it was the
first time the government had suspended serving officers.
The trial of around 200 members of the military
implicated in the 2003 plot is expected to start December 16.
Conspirators are accused of planning attacks on mosques
and to provoke tension with neighbour Greece, hoping to
trigger instability and setting the stage for the ousting of
The government is seen by some sections of the military
as favouring Islamisation while the military views itself as
the guardian of the secular foundations of the country.
Since taking power in 2002 the AKP has chipped away at
the powers of the military, which has brought down four
governments in the past 50 years.