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Turkish police wage new crackdown against military

Last Updated: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 15:08

Ankara: Turkish police have searched the homes of dozens of former military personnel, including one retired general, in a new probe against the military.
They are accused of pressuring the country`s first pro-Islamic prime minister to resign in 1997 for allegedly trying to increase the profile of Islam in this predominantly Muslim but secular country.

Authorities say an arrest warrant has been issued for the suspects, including Retired General Cevik Bir, for attempting to overthrow the government in 1997.

The probe comes as the country`s Islamic-rooted government tries to bury military influence in politics. Earlier this month, Turkey put two elderly leaders of a 1980 military coup on trial. Hundreds of suspects, including several officers, are separately on trial for allegedly plotting to topple the current government.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012 - 15:08

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