Thursday, June 2, 2011

Turkish General Arrested

Bianet reports that General Bilgin Balanli, the Military Academies Commander in Istanbul, was arrested for his part in the Sledgehammer Coup Plan, a conspiracy that sought the implementation of martial law and a coup by creating disorder in the country after a series of mosque bombings in 2002-2003. He is the first active officer at the level of general who has been implicated in the conspiracy. His arrest comes only a few months before he was expected to become the Commander of the Turkish Air Forces. Eight other officers have been interrogated.

(credit Freda Carmack)