Six Turkish generals remanded in custody over 1997 coup

By REUTERS
May 29, 2012 18:21

ANKARA - Six retired generals, including former commanders of the land forces and air force, were remanded in custody on Tuesday over their alleged role in the 1997 toppling of Turkey's first Islamist-led government, Turkish media reported.

The generals were among 10 suspects detained in a fifth wave of arrests since early April in the latest affront to the once-supreme military, and widening an investigation into the ousting of former prime minister Necmettin Erbakan 15 years ago.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Justice and Development Party, AKP, which itself has Islamist roots, has made curbing the military's political influence one of its main missions, and state prosecutors have pursued officers suspected of conspiring against current and former governments.

Among those remanded in custody on Tuesday were former Air Force commander General Ahmet Corekci, former Land Forces commander General Hikmet Koksal and former Secretary-General of Turkey's National Security Council (MGK) General Ilhan Kilic.


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