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Turkey 'Ergenekon plot': Ex-army head Ilker Basbug held

A former head of the Turkish armed forces has been remanded in custody to face charges over an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

Gen Ilker Basbug, who retired in 2010, is the highest-ranking officer to be caught up in a widening probe into the so-called Ergenekon network.

The former army chief was taken to Istanbul's Silivri prison early on Friday morning after a health check.

Turkish state-run media said it is the first time a former army chief has been referred to a court as a suspect.

  • 06 Jan 2012
  • From the section Europe