Four active duty officers testify over newly seized Sledgehammer documents

May 20, 2011, Friday/ 14:14:00

Four active duty military officers, including three military judges and a colonel, testified to an İstanbul prosecutor on Friday as part of an investigation into newly seized documents with regards to the suspected Sledgehammer coup plot.

The documents were seized in the Eskişehir house of retired Col. Hakan Büyük during a police search in February. After a detailed examination of the documents, the İstanbul Police Department concluded that their contents support the Sledgehammer coup plan. The documents include copies of Sledgehammer as well as copies of the Oraj and Suga plans, both sub-plans in the Sledgehammer plot. The documents also include military orders to keep tabs on individuals based on their religious and ideological backgrounds, in addition to intimidating them.

The four military officers who arrived at a court in Beşiktaş early on Friday were questioned about the documents by Prosecutor Hüseyin Ayar.

Former Air Forces Judicial Undersecretary Col. Ahmet Zeki Üçok was also summoned to testify as part of the operation. Üçok is currently under arrest on charges of issuing falsified medical reports and also faces charges over allegations that he used “hypnosis and drugs” during the interrogation of noncommissioned officers (NCOs) in Kayseri.

Four individuals have been arrested so far as part of the probe into the Eskişehir documents.

Sledgehammer is a suspected coup plot believed to have been devised in 2003 with the aim to unseat the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government through violent acts. According to the Sledgehammer plan, the military was to systematically foment chaos in society through violent acts, among which were planned bomb attacks on the Fatih and Beyazıt mosques in İstanbul.

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