January 6, 2012
Ilker Başbuğ was a very competent commander.
Ilker Başbuğ is an intelligent and dignified man.
He is far from being a traitor towards the Turkish republic, unlike his predecessor Yaşar Büyükanıt, who should have been in prison.
Ilker Başbuğ is absolutely innocent and deserves respect and gratefulness for what he did for Turkey during decades.
As a Turkish citizen, I’m sad, indignant and angry.
Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court had sent an indictment about retired General Başbuğ to Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office the previous week.
After the interrogation by the prosecutor former Chief of General Staff Ilker Başbuğ has been detained on charges of leading an armed illegal organization and attempted coup.
General Başbuğ refused all charges at the court.
Reportedly Başbuğ said “It is really tragicomical that a commander of Turkish Armed Forces is being accused of establishing an armed terror organization and leading it.”