Erdogan warns against 'witch hunt' in coup inquiries

By REUTERS
April 22, 2012 15:47

 
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ISTANBUL - Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan said an investigation into the army's 1997 overthrow of an Islamist-led government should not turn into a "witch hunt" but signaled it could widen to the business world and media, news channels said on Sunday.

Five retired generals and dozens of officers have been arrested in the past 10 days over their alleged role in forcing the late Necmettin Erbakan, the country's first Islamist prime minister, to resign over what they perceived were violations of Turkey's secular constitution.

"It would be wrong to turn this into a witch hunt, but justice needs to occur. It should go as far as it needs to," Erdogan told reporters, according to CNN Turk.

"Who wasn't mixed up in this? The business world, media, civil society groups, university rectors - who did what? This matter isn't just connected to the army. This should all come to the surface," he said late on Saturday.

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