‘Search of Turkish military premises lawful’
Press TV – December 30, 2009 – 16:46:30 GMT
The announcement comes despite the fact that Turkish army’s Special Forces Unit in the capital, Ankara, holds confidential documents. This is the first time that a military facility has been searched by a non-military prosecutor.
Authorities on Monday searched the army unit following the detention of eight officers suspected of patrolling an area near the house Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc as top military and government leaders held a security meeting.
The military has denied media speculation that two of the officers caught at the scene on December 19 were plotting to assassinate Arinc, the Associated Press reported.
Turkish military on Saturday reported that eight of its officers were arrested in connection with the alleged plot.
In a note posted on its website, the General Staff said that the officers from the military’s Mobilization Regional Directorate in Ankara were detained during a search of their offices by public prosecutors.
An investigation was launched last week after a guard at Arinc’s home noticed suspicious activity near the property.
According to a Today’s Zaman report, two members of the Special Forces Command, Maj. Ibrahim G. and Col. Erkan Yilmaz B., who were detained on suspicion of plotting to kill Bulent Arinc, had plans to kill numerous high-profile politicians and ministers.
Among the many targets were President Abdullah Gul, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Parliament Speaker Mehmet Ali Sahin. Most observers said the ‘planned assassinations’ were aiming to create an atmosphere of chaos in the country.