The fifth wave of questioning into the February 28th postmodern coup was directed on military members of the National Security Council (MGK) responsible for giving the orders to form the West Working Group (BÇG). In the operation ordered by a special authority prosecutor from Ankara, retired generals including former Air Force Commander Ahmet Çörekçi, Land Forces Commander Hikmet Köksal, Gendarmerie Commander Teoman Koman, MGK General Secretary İlhan Kılıç, Retired Operations Department Head Çetin Doğan, retired Lieutenant General and MHP deputy Engin Alan, Vural Avar, Metin Yavuz Yalçın and Kamuran Orhon were brought in for questioning. Çetin Doğan, Engin Alan and Metin Yavuz Yalçın who are currently detained while facing trial for the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) case were brought to Ankara from the Silivri Penitentiary.
Yesterday's wave of questioning differed from the four previous in the sense that the four of the nine military members obtained were Land and Air Forces Commanders or Gendarmerie Commanders. In addition to being high-level military leaders during the February 28th process, the figures questioned yesterday were primarily brought in for being members of the National Security Council and participating in the infamous meeting held on Feb. 28, 1997.
According to the information obtained, the prosecutor has ordered these four individuals to be questioned in connection to a testimony provided by Çevik Bir in previous waves, which states that the high level military officials played influential roles in the National Security Council leading to the foundation of the West Working Group. This marks the first time the prosecutor has decided to question members of the National Security Council that gave the orders to formulate the West Working Group rather than the individuals responsible for operating and being members of the group. After arriving to the capital and undergoing medical checks, all nine suspects were brought to the Ankara Court.
After providing testimonies a warrant was issued for all of the nine suspects brought in. Once Special Authority Prosecutor Mustafa Bilgili and the attorneys assisting him completed processing the already detained General Çetin Doğan, retired Lieutenant General Metin Yavuz Yalçın and MHP deputy and former Lieutenant General Engin Alan, a warrant was issued for their arrest. Retired Generals Teoman Koman, Ahmet Çörekçi, Hikmet Köksal, İlhan Kılıç and retired Lieutenant Generals Vural Avar and Kamuran Orhan who were questioned later were transferred to Ankara's 12th High Criminal Court. Meanwhile, retired colonel Hakan Cemal Pelit, who has been wanted since the fourth wave of questioning, turned himself in yesterday. The prosecutor has since requested Pelit's transfer to the court with a warrant for his arrest.
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