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More Military Arrests in Turkey For 'Feb. 28 Process'

As Turkey marks the 16th anniversary of its alleged "modern coup," two more generals are called to testify regarding the Feb. 28 event.
Turkey's former Islamist Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan greets his
supporters after the Friday prayers hours before an electoral board
ruling against him in Ankara September 20, 2002. Turkey's High
Electoral Board on Friday banned former premier Erbakan and Justice and
Development party leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan from running in November
polls because of a past conviction for "Islamist sedition". Erdogan,
formerly mayor of Istanbul, was a member of Erbakan's Virtue party. He
founded Justice and De

Two former generals, and three lower-ranking soldiers, were called to testify in Ankara Feb. 27 regarding their role in the "Feb. 28th Process" — the so-called military coup which deposed former Islamist Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan in 1997.

Just minutes before the day turned to Feb. 28, the court announced its decision to arrest former land forces commander retired Gen. Erdal Ceylanoglu, well known for ordering tanks to parade on the streets of Ankara, as well as retired Maj. Gen. Yucel Ozsir. Thursday marks the 16th anniversary of the alleged coup.

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