Special team established to investigate civilian aspect of Feb. 28
A six-member investigation team has been established by the order of the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to look into the civilian actors of the Feb. 28, 1997 military coup, the Yeni Şafak daily reported on Wednesday.

The Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, which completed its indictment of the suspects who were investigated as part of a probe into the Feb. 28 coup in which it is seeking aggravated life imprisonment for 86 military actors of the time, is about to complete its second indictment against the civilian actors of the coup.

A coalition government led by a now-defunct conservative party was forced to step down by the military on Feb. 28, 1997. Not only were fatal blows dealt to fundamental rights and freedoms after the coup, but democracy and the rule of law were also suspended. The coup introduced a series of harsh restrictions on religious life, with an unofficial but widely practiced ban on the use of the Islamic headscarf at universities.

Earlier this year, the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office launched an investigation into the military actors of the coup, placing 64 of them in jail. The prosecutor's office is currently investigating the civilian actors of the coup.

According to Yeni Şafak, four members of the six-member team have begun looking at the parliamentary archives, while the remaining two are investigating the archives of the Radio and Television Supreme Council (RTÜK) and the Turkish Radio and Television Corporation (TRT) to collect evidence.

Members of the team are also examining newspaper coverage and TV broadcasts since the coalition government's rise to power and its subsequent dissolution. The media and some labor unions and civil society organizations are known to have played a major role in the coup through their efforts to spread fears of religious fundamentalism in the country.

At the end of the examination of the archives, some journalists and civil society representatives may be summoned by the Ankara Chief Public Prosecutor's Office to testify as part of the investigation.

(Cihan/Today's Zaman) CİHAN
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