Ex-military Chief Faces Lifetime in Prison
An indictment against Ba┼čbu─č has been completed and forwarded to a court, seeking aggravated life imprisonment for the former military chief on coup charges.
An indictment against former chief of General Staff retired Gen. ─░lker Ba┼čbu─č has been completed and forwarded to a court, seeking aggravated life imprisonment for the former military chief on coup charges.
Ba┼čbu─č was put behind bars by an ─░stanbul court after he testified last month as a suspect in an investigation into an alleged Internet campaign to discredit Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdo─čanÔÇÖs Justice and Development Party (AK Party). Turkey has seen some retired generals jailed in coup cases over the past few years, but Gen. Ba┼čbu─č, who retired in 2010, is the highest-ranking officer to be caught up so far.
Ba┼čbu─č was placed in Silivri Prison where most coup suspects are jailed.
The indictment, submitted to the ─░stanbul 13th High Criminal Court accuses Ba┼čbu─č of ÔÇťestablishing or administering a terrorist organizationÔÇŁ and ÔÇťseeking to unseat the government of the Republic of Turkey by force.ÔÇŁ
In his defense, Ba┼čbu─č denied all charges against him.
ÔÇťThe person who is accused of these charges is the 26th chief of General Staff of the Turkish Republic. I think it is important to note this for history. As the chief of General Staff, I was the commander of the Turkish Armed Forces [TSK]. The TSK is one of the most respected and strongest armed forces in the world. Accusing somebody who led such an army of establishing and administering a terrorist organization is really tragicomic,ÔÇŁ he said.
The investigation in which Ba┼čbu─č is implicated concerns allegations that the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) set up 42 websites to disseminate anti-government propaganda. Dozens of suspects, including Ba┼čbu─č, are currently accused of having started an online propaganda campaign against the AK Party aiming to instill fear in the public that the government is trying to instate a religious order based on Islamic law.
The the ─░stanbul 13th High Criminal Court will now decide on whether to accept the indictment or not.
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