The jailed colonel has been accused of preparing a plot to overthrow the government. Titled the “Action plan to Fight Reactionaryism,” the plot details a military plan to destroy the image of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party) and the Gülen movement in the eyes of the public. Cihaner, on the other hand, is accused of attempting to implement the plan in Erzincan.
The colonel further drew the ire of judges at the court by making a sarcastic proposal. He argued that judges and prosecutors should spend up to one month in prison before starting their professional lives. “They should understand what spending time in prison means. In this way, they will avoid sending so many people to prison,” he noted.
Çiçek was arrested -- for a third time -- in late April on charges of plotting to overthrow the government and membership of a terrorist organization. Çiçek was arrested twice earlier, first in July 2009 and then in November, for suspected links to Ergenekon but was released after brief detentions in jail. The colonel is believed to be key to exposing the pro-coup junta within the armed forces. Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal organization accused of planning to overthrow the government.