Ankara, Turkey (AP)-Turkish authorities arrested 10 former admirals on Monday, after more than 100 retired senior naval officers issued a statement saying that government officials are closely related to Turkey’s military coup history.
The chief prosecutor initiated the detention of these 10 retired admirals in Ankara on Sunday on the grounds that they suspected that they had committed “crimes aimed at endangering national security and constitutional order.” Reported by the Turkish state-run Anadolu agency.
Anadolu reported that the other four people were not detained because of their advanced age, but were required to report to the authorities within three days.
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The statement was issued in a debate about whether Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan can withdraw Turkey from the 1936 Treaty of Montreux , The treaty provides for passage across the strait, and the Turkish president withdrew from an international convention last month to protect women. Other international treaties.
Erdogan’s plan to build an alternative waterway north of Istanbul to bypass the Bosporus also sparked debate about the Montreux Treaty.
The retired admiral said in a statement late Saturday: “The fact of withdrawing from the Montreux Convention has been publicly debated. This is part of the negotiations on the Istanbul Canal, and the right to withdraw from international treaties is worrying.”
The statement aroused strong condemnation from the ruling party and government officials, who are on par with the statements accompanying past military acquisitions in Turkey.
Turkey underwent coups in 1960, 1971 and 1980, and military intervention in 1997 led to the resignation of the Islamist-led coalition government. In 2016, the failed coup resulted in the deaths of more than 250 people.
Anadolu reported that the detainees included Cem Gurdeniz, the name of Turkey’s controversial “Blue Home” doctrine, which claims to own most of the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea and its unethical energy storage. This concept is inconsistent with the claims of Greece and Cyprus in the region.
The suspects are detained in the homes of Ankara, Istanbul and Kocaeli, and will be questioned by the capital’s chief prosecutor’s office.