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Fourth wave of Feb. 28 operations target more coup actors

8 May 2012, Tuesday /TODAYSZAMAN.COM
Detention warrants were issued for 17 more active duty and retired military officers on Tuesday in the fourth wave of operations in a deepening probe into the Feb. 28, 1997 coup.

The Ankara Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor's Office had said several detention warrants were issued, including two for lieutenant generals. Police also raided retired Brig. Gen. Kenan Deniz's house.

The suspects are all accused of playing a major role in the Feb. 28 coup, when the military forced a coalition government led by a now-defunct conservative party, the Welfare Party (RP), out of power.

Thirty-nine people were earlier arrested in the first three operations in the Feb. 28 investigation. Those sent to jail include retired Gen. Çevik Bir, who is known to have played a major role in the 1997 coup, and retired Gen. Erol Özkasnak, the secretary-general of the General Staff at the time. Özkasnak is known to have played a major role in the coup generals' communication with the media in order to put pressure on the government to resign.

Reportedly at the heart of the Feb. 28 investigation are the actions of the West Study Group (BÇG), which was established within the military to categorize politicians, intellectuals, soldiers and bureaucrats according to their religious and ideological backgrounds before and after the coup. Bir, the deputy chief of General Staff at the time, was the head of the BÇG.

The Feb. 28 coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf. The military was also purged of members with suspected ties to religious groups or even officers who were simply observant Muslims. In addition, a number of newspapers were closed down after the coup based on an MGK decision that called for closer monitoring of media outlets.

I am not confident that in Turkey the truth of any matter will ever come to light. Yes, PRISONER. You would think that Turkey has a lot better things to do with current events rather than bringing up old news...speaking of old news..why haven't we heard anything about the Lighthouse investigation....
Everyday all I seem to read is more stories of revenge by the goverment against it's imagined foes! How long before they have destroyed all opposition in this country? Unbelieveable..... and they call Assad!!
The Prisoner
The perpetrators of that coup have to be brought to account if Turkey is to shed its notorious past and step into the future of mature, democratic, transparent states. Well done, AK Party! You are modernising Turkey as it should be.
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