The procedure against the alleged “pro-Kemalist” coup proceeds in Turkey
The process against the alleged culprits of a coup d’état against the Government continues:
Aykut Cengiz Engin said the 86 — including at least one former general, journalists, academicians and businessmen — were charged either with forming or belonging to a terrorist organization, or of provoking an armed uprising with the aim of bringing down Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.
A court must now decide within two weeks whether to open the case.
The suspects allegedly crafted plans to create chaos that would provoke a military coup and topple Erdogan, whom they accuse of eroding Turkey’s secular laws and making too many concessions to Christian and Kurdish minorities as part of the nation’s bid to join the European Union. (this does not have much sense: Erdogan is an Islamist, so why giving concessions to Christian and Kurdish minorities? Something that in the case of Christian minorities is not really true….).
The indictment is seen as the latest episode in an ongoing power struggle between the government and secular groups supported by the military and other state institutions. They include the judiciary and some trade groups, who accuse the government of attempting to raise Islam’s profile in Turkey.
How fortunate for Erdogan to find a coup d’etat against him, just now, when his party, the AKP could be illegalised for being an Islamist.