7 detained as part of investigation into Ergenekon’s covert meeting spots
11 February 2009
Seven people, including five members of the military, were detained late on Tuesday as part of an investigation previously launched by the Air Forces Command into secret meeting places of a clandestine terrorist organization.
These covert meeting places, also known as Karargah Houses, were used by members of the Ergenekon terrorist group to discuss strategic plans to manipulate the decisions of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK). Ergenekon is a clandestine criminal organization charged with attempting to create chaos and undermine stability in Turkey in order to trigger a coup. Eighty-six of its alleged members are in jail and standing trial. Many other suspects are awaiting indictment.
The existence of Karargah Houses had been revealed as part of the ongoing Ergenekon investigation. These places are also known to be meeting spots for generals plotting coup d’états as well as hideouts for hit men and ammunition storage.