Turkey arrests former military leaders over 1997 coup

By REUTERS
April 12, 2012 18:38

 
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ANKARA - Turkish prosecutors ordered the arrest on Thursday of four ex-generals and dozens of officers on charges of plotting the 1997 overthrow of the government of Necmettin Erbakan, the Islamist leader who paved the way for Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

The arrest warrants are the latest in a series of direct challenges to Turkey's military, who for decades considered it their right to interfere in political affairs, and who toppled four governments they felt threatened Turkey's secular order.

The former officers face charges of plotting to remove an elected government and preventing it from fulfilling its duties, Turkish media reported.

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