Prosecutor Faces Probe for Coup Leader Charge

ANKARA (Reuters)–A Turkish prosecutor is being investigated for filing a demand that former armed forces chief General Kenan Evren face the death sentence over a 1980 coup–a Justice Ministry official said on Thursday.

"His indictment was not taken seriously. But a probe was launched on the grounds the prosecutor used his authority irresponsibly," a ministry official–who declined to be named–told Reuters.

Prosecutor Sacit Kayasu–based in the southern coastal town of Adana–faced an administrative probe for his indictment accusing General Evren–now living in retirement–of subverting the parliamentary order by use of force.

Many Turks welcomed the 1980 military intervention which came after years of left-right street clashes. More than 5,000 people had died in political violence.

Political leaders including the present day President and Prime Minister–Suleyman Demirel and Bulent Ecevit–were interned and banned from politics for several years.

Turkey’s current constitution–widely criticized as a product of the military intervention–provides lifetime immunity to Evren and four other generals who spearheaded the coup.

Evren–now 82–has lived at a western seaside resort since 1989 when he quit as president.


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