Turkey/Security: Court indicts 196 over suspected coup plot

Anatolian News Agency reported that a Turkish court indicted 196 people on Monday, including four retired military commanders, over an alleged plot to overthrow the government in 2003.

Reportedly, a 968-page indictment accuses the suspects of having planned to create chaos and pave the way for a military takeover in an alleged conspiracy dubbed “Sledgehammer”. Some 30 serving or retired military officers were indicted, including former Commander of Turkey’s First Army Ret. Gen. Dogan Cetin, former Naval Force Commander Ozden Ornek, former Air Force Commander Ibrahim Firtina and former Army Commander Ergin Saygun.

The indictment prepared by Istanbul prosecutors included calls for jail sentences of 15 to 20 years for the alleged perpetrators. However, no date has been set for a trial.