Başbuğ requests top state officials be heard

May 29, 2012, Tuesday/ 17:30:00/ TODAY'S ZAMAN

Former Chief of General Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ, a jailed suspect in an anti-government propaganda websites case, has requested that 11 top state officials -- including President Abdullah Gül, PM Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Parliament Speaker Cemil Çiçek -- be heard by the court as witnesses in the case.

At the 190th hearing of the case on Tuesday, which was not attended by Başbuğ, the former military chief’s lawyer, İlkay Sezer, submitted a petition to the court saying that the indictment of the case groundlessly accuses Başbuğ of “imposing pressure on state officials.” In the petition, the lawyer requested that the top state officials with whom Başbuğ worked during his tenure from August 2008 to August 2010 be heard by the court as witnesses. Sezer said the testimonies of these state officials will prove just how unjust the accusations against Başbuğ are. Başbuğ was put behind bars earlier this year as part of a probe into anti-government websites allegedly established by the military to discredit the government.

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