Turkey passes law to control military courts

Türkiye Materials 28 June 2009 09:15 (UTC +04:00)

Turkey's Parliament has passed a legislation that allows military personnel to be tried in civilian courts -- as opposed to military courts -- during peacetime, Press TV reported.

According to Turkish Parliament's website, the legislation requires the civilian courts to try members of the armed forces who are accused of crimes including threats to national security, constitutional violations, organizing armed groups and attempts to topple the government.

The move to pass the law came after a after the liberal newspaper Taraf published what it said was a document drafted in April by a navy colonel on stopping the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) and a religious movement from "destroying Turkey's secular order and replacing it by an Islamist state."

Chief of the Military General Staff Ilker Basbug, however, dismissed the allegations as smear campaign against the military. Basbug also vowed not to tolerate coup activities in the country.

The AKP party filed a formal complaint over the alleged plot which was revealed in the document.