ANKARA: Turkish authorities on Monday detained 10 former admirals after a bunch of greater than 100 retired high navy officers issued a statement that authorities officers tied to Turkey‘s historical past of army coups.
The 10 retired admirals had been detained as half of an investigation, launched by the chief prosecutor in Ankara on Sunday, over suspicions that that they had reached “an agreement with the aim of committing a crime against the security of the state and the constitutional order,” Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported.
Four others weren’t detained as a result of of their superior ages, however they had been requested to report back to authorities inside three days, Anadolu reported.
A complete of 103 retired admirals signed the statement declaring their dedication to a world treaty that regulates transport by the Bosporus and Dardanelles straits, which hyperlink the Mediterranean Sea to the Black Sea. The 14 suspects are believed to have organized the declaration.
The statement was issued amid a debate over whether or not Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who withdrew Turkey from a worldwide conference to guard girls final month, might additionally pull the nation out of the 1936 Treaty of Montreux, which regulates the passage by the straits, and different worldwide treaties.
Erdogan’s plan to construct an alternate waterway to the north of Istanbul that will bypass the Bosporus additionally sparked a debate over the Montreux treaty.
“The fact that withdrawing from the Montreux Convention was opened to debate as part of talks on Canal Istanbul and the authority to exit from international treaties was met with concern,” the retired admirals stated in a declaration launched late Saturday.
The statement triggered sturdy condemnation by ruling occasion and authorities officers who drew a parallel with statements that accompanied previous army takeovers in Turkey.
Turkey skilled coups in 1960, 1971 and 1980, and a 1997 army intervention induced the resignation of an Islamist-led coalition authorities. In 2016, a failed coup led to greater than 250 deaths.
Anadolu reported that these detained embrace Cem Gurdeniz, the identify behind Turkey’s controversial “Blue Homeland” doctrine, which claims huge sections of the Mediterranean and Aegean and its undesea vitality deposits. The idea is at odds with Greece and Cyprus’ claims within the area.
The suspects had been detained at their houses in Ankara, Istanbul and Kocaeli, and had been to be questioned by the chief prosecutor’s workplace within the capital.