Turkish retired general detained in conspiracy case

August 10, 2011 18:09

ISTANBUL - A retired Turkish army commander, indicted as "the number one suspect", has been jailed pending trial on charges of orchestrating an Internet campaign to discredit the ruling AK Party, state media said.

Hasan Igsiz, former head of the prestigious First Army, is the first top defendant to be detained in prison and the move follows the appointment last week of four new commanders to head the armed forces.

Their predecessors quit ahead of last week's Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting in an expression of General Staff frustration at the detention of military personnel.

Igsiz is one of 22 defendants accused of "attempting to overthrow the government or obstruct its activities by force" and membership of an insurgent armed group, according to an indictment accepted by the court at the end of last month.re

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