Retired captain may receive promotion in jail

May 18, 2011, Wednesday/ 17:34:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Retired Capt. Muzaffer Tekin, one of the key suspects in the Ergenekon trial, may be promoted to the rank of retired colonel, benefiting from a constitutional amendment that opened Supreme Military Council (YAŞ) decisions to judicial review last year.

Tekin, who is currently under arrest over charges of membership in Ergenekon, reportedly petitioned the Defense Ministry to benefit from the constitutional reform made for YAŞ victims.

Following the approval of a constitutional reform package in a referendum last year, Parliament passed a law in March that sought to reinstate the rights of former members of the military who were expelled by YAŞ. The constitutional reform package included an article that allows ex-military members to appeal their expulsion before a judicial body. Before the referendum, YAŞ decisions were closed to judicial review.

Tekin was expelled from the military by the YAŞ decisions of 1982 due to his involvement in a fight. If Tekin’s petition is approved, he will be the first Ergenekon suspect to benefit from the constitutional reforms made last year and will be promoted to the rank of a retired colonel in the Silivri prison where he is in jail.

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