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The Turkish police have arrested Konya City Gendarmerie Head Huseyn Ozcoban. The police arrested him during an operation to prevent the coup called "Balyoz", the Turkish Cihan news agency reported.
Previously, the Istanbul Court sanctioned the arrest of two retired army generals on charges of planning a coup in 2003, RIA Novosti reported with reference to the local media. Total to date there were issued a warrant for the arrest of 33 military.
Deputy Chief of the Turkish General Staff, Gen. in retirement Ergin Saygun and Former Gen. of the Turkish Armed Forces Chetin Dogan were arrested earlier.
Within the new wave of the proceedings, police arrested 18 former and current militaries in 13 provinces of Turkey.
According to the Turkish governmental newspaper "TARAF", Turkish Armed Forces have prepared a special plan under the name "Balez" to overthrow the government of the country. Under this plan, after exploding mosques Fatih Dzhamisi and Bayazid in Istanbul during Friday prayers, attacking on a military museum of the country, blowing up several fighter aircrafts belonging to Air Forces of Turkey and laying the blame on Greece, the Turkish Armed Forces had to take advantage of the resulting chaos in the country and overthrow the government. According to the newspaper, the preparation and implementation of the plan involved the former general in the Armed Forces of Turkey Chetin Dogan, and this plan was prepared in 2002-2003. According to the plan, after the military coup in Turkey, mass arrests had to begin.
Prosecutors on Thursday evening released from custody the three most senior detainees -- retired air force commander Ibrahim Firtina, ex-navy chief Ozden Ornek, and a former deputy chief of general staff, Ergin Saygun, broadcasters reported.
Investigation on the case of a coup strained relations between the government and the army. Turkish President Abdullah Gul met with Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Chief of Staff Ilkerom Bashbug to resolve the conflict on Thursday. Turkish leader assured that the conflict will be resolved within the constitutional system and the existing laws.