Turkey to seek life sentence for vehicle search suspects

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Thirteen suspects will stand trial for gathering and leaking classified state information

Thirteen suspects will stand trial for gathering and leaking classified state information

ADANA - Public prosecutor's office in Turkey's Adana province started a criminal case on Wednesday, requesting life sentences for 13 military personnel for allegedly being linked to an illegal search of trucks belonging to the country's top spy agency in January.

A statement from the office announced the completion of an investigation into suspects who were denounced to authorities for being linked to the stopping of the trucks.

The suspects, who will be put on trial for gathering and leaking classified government information, were working for the intelligence branches of provincial gendarmerie commands in Ankara and Adana, the statement said. 

En route to Syria, seven trucks belonging to Turkey's National Intelligence Organization were stopped by gendarmerie teams on January 19 despite a national security law forbidding such an act.

Turkey's Interior Ministry said the trucks were conveying humanitarian aid to the Turkmen community in Syria.

The prosecutor and security officers who ordered the stopping of the trucks were later removed from their posts.

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