CCTV.com - CNTV English - CCTV News

Turkey charges 196 people of coup plot

07-20-2010 10:39 BJT

ISTANBUL, July 19 (Xinhua) -- A Turkish court on Monday charged 196 people, mostly retired senior army officers, of a coup plot to topple the ruling government, the semi-official Anatolia news agency reported.

The 968-page indictment approved by an Istanbul court accuses the suspects of involving in an alleged conspiracy in 2003 to create chaos and pave the way for a military takeover, said Anatolia.

The report said that the alleged plot was drawn shortly after the Justice and Development Party (AKP) came to power in November 2002.

Retired navy chief Admiral Ozden Ornek, former air force commander General Halil Ibrahim Firtina, and former number two of the general staff, retired General Ergin Saygun were among the charged, said the report.

The indictment accuses all the defendants of "attempting to overthrow the government or prevent it from carrying out its duties through the use of force and violence," said Anatolia, adding it is not clear yet when the trial for the suspects would begin.

Local Dogan news agency said the suspects would face up to 20 years in prison if convicted of attempting to bring down the government.

Turkey's military forces have carried out or backed four coups to remove elected governments since 1960.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

Hot Videos view more

The celebrations are still continuing as the victorious coach, Joachim Loew, has been honored for his achievement in his hometown of Freiburg.
Germany coach Loew honored in hometown of Freiburg

Chinese men´s national team continued its preparations for next year´s Asian Cup, as they managed a one-all draw against visitors Jordan during a football friendly in Harbin, the capital city of Northeast China´s Heilongjiang Province.
China held to 1-1 draw by Jordan

The defending world champs came into the contest with a perfect 6-and-oh record, but they would be in for a tough first half before opening things up in the second.
USA beat Slovenia 119-76 in quarter-finals

Hot Stories more

UK authorities believe killer of James Foley is a British national

Across the UK the hunt is on for James Foley’s killer, who authorities believe is a British national. As Richard Bestic reports from London, Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer break to lead his government’s response.

Israeli war jets renews Gaza strike as truce talks stalled

Three Palestinians were killed and 40 others wounded in the intensive Israeli war jets´ airstrikes on the Gaza city on Tuesday night, shortly before an end of a 24-hour ceasefire in the Gaza Strip,

Missouri police arrest dozens after violent night

As the protests in the town of Ferguson, Missouri turned violent with police facing ´heavy gunfire´ from some ´criminal elements´, cops fired tear gas, stun grenades and arrested 31 demonstrators on Monday night.

Picture in news more

More Video News

Choose TV Program