Former chief of General Staff dies at 88

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Former Gen. İsmail Hakkı Karadayı, 88, who served between 1994 and 1998 as Turkey’s chief of General Staff, died in Istanbul.
He had been undergoing treatment for cancer in a private hospital.

Born in the central province of Çankırı in 1932, Karadayı graduated from military school in 1951.

In a landmark decision, in 2018 a Turkish court sentenced 21 people to aggravated life imprisonment over Turkey’s 1997 “postmodern” coup, including Karadayı and his deputy, Gen. Çevik Bir.

The court concluded that Karadayı was involved in the downfall of the government.

Most of the figures behind the coup were not arrested due to old age or health problems, but instead were only barred from leaving the country.

The court also said the Turkish army did not have the authority to intervene militarily or remove the democratic order as stated in the Turkish Armed Forces Internal Service Law.

On Feb. 28, 1997, the military was involved in the collapse of Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan’s government amid concerns expressed by generals about its alleged Islamist program.

Erbakan’s government was forced to step down following a National Security Council meeting.

His Welfare Party was later also outlawed. A new civilian government then took over from Erbakan in a move that became known as Turkey’s “postmodern” coup.

Hurriyet Daily News

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