TURKEY: FORMER ARMY CHIEF ARRESTED

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STORY: TURKEY: FORMER ARMY CHIEF ARRESTEDDATELINE: Jan. 6, 2012LENGTH: 0:00:47LOCATION: Istanbul CATEGORY: POLITICSPICLocal media have reported that Turkey's former army chief has been arrested for leading a terrorist organization and attempting to overthrow the Turkish government.Reports say the court ordered General Ilker Basbug arrest during a pending trial. The arrest came hours after he testified as a suspect in a case at an Istanbul courthouse.General Basbug, who retired in 2010, is the highest-ranking officer to be caught up in a widening probe into the so-called Ergenekon network accused by prosecutors of conspiring to topple the government.Several hundred defendants, including retired senior officers, lawyers, academics and journalists, have been put on trial in cases relating to the investigation.
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