By Baris Kilic
The names of over 30 military judges and prosecutors in the Turkish military accused of having links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization were released to the media on Monday.
The charges were listed in an indictment from Ankara Chief Prosecutor's Office about FETO networks in Turkey’s military courts.
Monday’s indictment is based on a document of “martial rule directives” purportedly released by plotters during the 15 July, 2016 coup attempt in Turkey.
According to this document, the 33 legal figures were to be appointed at "martial rule courts" equipped with special powers, if the coup had been successful.
The indictment also claims the accused entered the military justice system between 2009 and 2014 but there was a "strong suspicion" about their exam results.
Monday’s suspects are also charged with attempting to violate Turkey’s constitutional order, being members of an armed terrorist organization, of forging official documents plus fraud.
Life sentences of more than 45 years in prison have been requested.
According to Turkey’s government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup which left 249 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.
Ankara has also said FETO is behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.
In wake of the putsch attempt, tens of thousands of FETO suspects have been arrested, including many in the armed forces, police, judicial system, education and business sector.