TV station searched in Turkish coup plot probe

More than 200 suspects detained since 2007 in case that highlights rift between powerful class of pious Muslims and secular elites.

April 13, 2009 11:35
TV station searched in Turkish coup plot probe

Turkey coup 248.88. (photo credit: AP)


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Turkish police on Monday searched the headquarters of a television station and several branches of a secularist association as part of a widening probe into an alleged coup plot. The Anatolia news agency says police raided the pro-secular Kanal B television and branches of the Association to Protect Contemporary Life. More than 200 suspects have been detained since 2007 in the case that highlights a rift between an increasingly powerful class of pious Muslims and secular elites who fear the Islamic-rooted government is seeking to impose religion on society. The suspects are accused of seeking to create chaos in order to trigger a military takeover. Critics say the arrests are part of the government's attempt to muzzle secular opponents.

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