Two more 'Ergenekon' case detainees released

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case

A court in Istanbul frees two more detainess of Ergenekon alleged coup attempt case, but one will still be detained pending his second case

ANKARA - A Turkish criminal court has released on Tuesday two more detainees of "Ergenekon", an alleged coup attempt case who were accused of plotting to depose the government.

Retired General Hursit Tolon and the former head of an ultra-nationalist organization, Kuvayi Milliye Dernegi (National Forces Association), Durmus Ali Ozoglu were freed from Ergenekon case by the court Tuesday.  

However, Tolon cannot be released from prison as he is still detained in the murder case of three `Zirve Bible Publishing House` employees who were stabbed to death in the eastern Malatya province in April 2007.

The court also has banned them from travelling abroad.   

The Ergenekon case was filed six years ago against 275 people, including military officers, politicians and journalists over a conspiracy to overthrow the incumbent AK Party government. 

An Istanbul High Criminal Court ordered the release of tens of detainees on Monday including Dursun Cicek, a retired Turkish army colonel, journalist Yalcin Kucuk and retired generals Sener Eruygur and Hasan Igsiz and a mafia leader Sedat Peker. 

The court ruled that the detainees released on Monday have completed the 5-year maximum detention period.

They have been restricted from travelling abroad, excluding Peker, and several of them have been released under judicial supervision. 

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