Erdogan: All linked to coup plot will be tried

February 27, 2010 02:51

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan vowed Friday to put everyone who conspired against the country's democracy on trial, as the number of military officers charged and jailed for allegedly plotting a 2003 coup against his Islamic-based government rose to 33.

The number includes seven admirals and six generals and it represents the largest-ever crackdown on Turkey's military, which has ousted four civilian governments since 1960.

In a new nationwide sweep Friday, police detained 18 more officers, all but one of whom are still on active duty, television stations said.

The military has wielded strong influence on politics for decades, but has seen its powers dramatically curtailed by Erdogan's government, which took steps to put the military under civilian rule.

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