Second Ergenekon trial to resume today

September 14, 2009, Monday/ 17:13:00
The trial in the second indictment of the Ergenekon case, an investigation into a clandestine criminal organization accused of seeking to foment chaos in the country to undermine the government, will continue today with several suspects due in court on charges of forming an illegal organization with the intent to overthrow the government.

The trial resumes today after a six-day break. It was adjourned on Sept. 8 due to damage to the courtroom caused by a torrential downpour. The courtroom's roof was structurally compromised by the rain, and part of the buildsing was flooded.

In the second indictment, 56 suspects are being accused of membership in Ergenekon. Nineteen of the suspects are under arrest and in custody, 36 are out on bail and one has evaded arrest.

The suspects included in the trial include former police anti-smuggling and organized crime department chief Adil Serdar Saçan, former Esenyurt Mayor Gürbüz Çapan, journalist Tuncay Özkan and retired generals Arif Doğan and Hasan Atilla Uğur. These individuals have been in jail since their arrest as part of the investigation. All 16 suspects in the indictment who have been jailed were brought to court yesterday. Twenty-eight people who were indicted but released pending trial, including retired Gen. Hurşit Tolon, Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) Chairman Sinan Aygün and journalists Emin Şirin and Erol Mütercimler, as well as Ferda Paksüt, the wife of Constitutional Court Vice President Osman Paksüt, are also among the suspects due in court today. Silivri Prison is hosting the İstanbul 13th Higher Criminal Court, which is hearing the case. The courtroom, with a capacity of 740 people, was built specifically for this trial.

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