Defendants in the 'Internet Memorandum' case had pointed to Başbuğ as the chain of command in the formation of the internet websites in question. Başbuğ testified to prosecutor Cihan Kansız, who was accompanied by Deputy Chief Public Prosecutor Fikret Seçen during the questioning, which lasted several hours followed by the prosecutor's request Başbuğ be referred to the night court which ruled affirmatively.
Suspects in the 'Internet Memorandum' case, Deputy Chief of General Staff Hasan Iğsız, Lieutenant General Mehmet Eröz and Captain Murat Uslukılıç testified that the websites in question were set up and operated under the knowledge of General Başbuğ. Eröz stated that it was the Chief of General Staff at the time who ordered the websites be set up. A document from April 1st, 2009 details that the order came down from the Chief of General Staff's chain of command. Başbuğ served as Chief of General Staff from August 28th, 2008 to August 27th, 2010.
Başbuğ told the court on Thursday he rejected the allegations, describing the Turkish Armed Forces as one of the most powerful in the world. "We can say it is really tragicomic to accuse somebody who commands such an army of forming and directing a terrorist group," he was quoted as saying.
After a health check he was set to be taken to prison to spend a first night behind bars -- a first for a former head of the military.
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