Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept.26/ Trend, A.Taghiyeva /
General Staff of Turkey is closely following the trial on preparation of "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) coup plot by the country's military elite and hopes that the court will make a fair sentence, General Staff said in its statement posted on its official website, CNN Turk TV channel reported on Tuesday.
On Monday Istanbul Court made a decision on arrest of Major General Atilla Ozler on charges of preparation of sensational "Balyoz" (Sledgehammer) coup plot in Turkey in 2003 to overthrow Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
According to the pro-governmental newspaper Taraf's assumptions, Turkish Armed Forces prepared the "Sledgehammer" plan to overthrow the government in 2010.
Under this plan, the country's armed forces were to overthrow the government after the chaos that was to come into the country after the bombings in Istanbul mosques "Fatih Camisi" and "Bayazid", an attack on a military museum and the destruction of several Turkish fighter jets. As suggested by the newspaper, a plan was drawn up in 2002-2003, and signed by former Turkish Armed Forces Gen. Cetin Dogan.
The newspaper reported that the document's authors - senior military men, suspected of involvement in terms of "Ergenekon", whose goal was to overthrow the government. The case also involved some 200 politicians, journalists, lawyers, teachers, military and police.