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Ex-Turkish General Says 1997 Coup Files Faked, Hurriyet Reports

April 17, 2012

Cevik Bir, the retired Turkish general who called the military’s ouster of the government in 1997 a “postmodern coup,” said the files presented as evidence against former officers are fake and denied the prosecution’s charges, Hurriyet reported.

Catalogs of people that the armed forces were allegedly targeting, as well as files on a CD and two handwritten notes presented to Bir weren’t prepared by the military, don’t match protocol requirements and are amateur fakes, the former deputy chief of the General Staff in Ankara said during his deposition, according to the Istanbul-based newspaper.

Bir denied charges that the military plotted to overthrow an Islamist-led coalition, saying he only carried out orders from the government, the National Security Council and the prime minister, Hurriyet reported. He asked to be released from prison pending a potential trial, the newspaper said.

Turkey arrested nine of the 31 former military officers it detained last week in connection with a Feb. 28, 1997, National Security Council meeting that led to the toppling of the government.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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