Court releases ex-admirals, brigadier general

Five retired admirals and one brigadier general have been released  on Thursday, after giving statements to the police regarding an investigation into the declaration signed by 103 admirals, Karar newspaper reported.

The ex-navy men had been invited to police stations in their hometowns to give their statements last week, according to BBC Turkish.

Ten more retired admirals had been detained and released as part of the same investigation on the April 3 declaration in favour of the 1936 Montreux Convention, a fundamental document for Turkey’s sovereign rights over its Dardanelles and Bosporus straits. Four more had been invited to give their statements, due to their advanced age.

Released retired admirals were accused of having organised the writing of the declaration and collected more signatures. Six admirals released on probation were ordered to wear ankle monitors, and seven others have received notifications to do so.

In the declaration the admirals denounced the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) for “opening up for discussion the Montreux Convention” and for the Islamisation of the armed forces over an active-service rear admiral’s visit to the leader of an extreme religious sect.

The ruling AKP has said the declaration was a challenge to civilian government and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan accused the retired soldiers of "hinting at a political coup."

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