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Turkish ex-army chief in plot charge

Friday, January 06, 2012 - 01:09

Jan. 6 - Turkish court orders former Turkish army chief be remanded in custody, pending trial, charged with bidding to overthrow the government. Marie-Claire Fennessy reports.

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EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: CONTAINS CONVERTED 4:3 MATERIAL Former armed forces chief, General Ilker Basbug is remanded in custody, pending trial, charged with bidding to overthrow the government. He retired two years ago and is the highest-ranking officer caught up in the so-called Ergenekon case, an ultra-nationalist group accused by prosecutors of conspiring to topple the government. The case is seen as part of a power struggle between Turkish Prime Minister's ruling AK party and an old secularist establishment including military officers, lawyers, journalists and politicians. A Turkish court ordered Basbug be taken into custody on Thursday. After a health check he was to be taken to prison to spend a night behind bars -- a first for a former head of the military. He was facing preliminary charges of "gang leadership" and seeking to unseat the government by force, state-run Anatolian news agency said. Basbug who was in court on Thursday, rejected the allegations. Marie-Claire Fennessy, Reuters

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Turkish ex-army chief in plot charge

Friday, January 06, 2012 - 01:09