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Turkey court arrests colonel in alleged conspiracy

Turkey court arrests colonel in alleged conspiracy

A Turkish court says it has formally charged and arrested a navy colonel accused of conspiring to discredit the Islamic-rooted government.
The court in Istanbul says Col. Dursun Cicek was arrested early Wednesday following his interrogation by civilian prosecutors. It did not say what charges he is facing.
The case highlights tensions between the government and the staunchly secular military, whose prosecutors earlier said there was no evidence implicating the colonel.
The alleged conspiracy came to light in Taraf newspaper, which printed a document said to be a blueprint for a smear campaign against Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's party. The alleged campaign included using the media to make the party appear as corrupt and acting against its Islamic principles.


Updated : 2020-12-02 15:43 GMT+08:00