Turkish court orders arrest of 102 in coup plot

July 23, 2010 18:25

ANKARA, Turkey  — A Turkish court ordered that 102 people, including at least three retired military commanders, be arrested and jailed Friday pending trial for conspiring in 2003 to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government in an alleged coup plot.

The court said the trial will begin Dec. 16 in the town of Silivri, near Istanbul. On Monday, the court indicted a total of 196 people. Police are now expected to round up 102 of them, including Ret. Gen. Dogan Cetin, former commander of Turkey's first army, former naval force commander Ozden Ornek, former air force commander Ibrahim Firtina.They are accused of planning to create chaos to pave the way for a military takeover in an alleged conspiracy dubbed "Sledgehammer."

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