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Turkey government suspends generals linked to coup plot

Turkey's government has suspended two generals and an admiral linked to an alleged plot to stage a military coup

AFP, Thursday 25 Nov 2010
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Turkey's government has suspended two generals and an admiral linked to an alleged plot to stage a military coup, newspapers reported Thursday.

The three were named in the probe of an alleged plan to oust the government led by the Islamist-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP), newspapers said, adding it was the first time the government had suspended serving officers.

The trial of around 200 members of the military implicated in the 2003 plot is expected to start 16 December.

Conspirators are accused of planning attacks on mosques and to provoke tension with neighbour Greece, hoping to trigger instability and setting the stage for the ousting of the government.

The government is seen by some sections of the military as favouring Islamisation while the military views itself as the guardian of the secular foundations of the country.

Since taking power in 2002 the AKP has chipped away at the powers of the military, which has brought down four governments in the past 50 years.

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