Turkish Justice Minister Cemil Cicek on Wednesday approved the start of an investigation into a prosecutor who accused Turkey's land forces commander of acting illegally in the fight against separatist Kurdish rebels.
"I have given my approval for inspectors to carry out an inquiry," Cicek was quoted by the semi-official Anatolia news agency as saying.
Ferhat Sarikaya, the chief prosecutor of Van province in eastern Turkey, accused General Yasar Buyukanit of power abuse and setting up illegal groups tasked with fomenting unrest in the mainly Kurdish southeastern region.
The accusations were on the indictment of two soldiers and a Kurdish informer over the bombing of a bookstore owned by a former Kurdish guerrilla in Semdinli town, which killed one and wounding dozens.
On Nov. 9, 2005, shortly after the explosion, a senior non- commissioned officer (NCO) in the Turkish armed forces was sieged nearby the bombing site by the angry crowd, who tried to stop him from leaving the scene.
The NCO allegedly opened fire on the crowd, killing one person and wounding six more, which sparked furious clashes between the local Kurds and Turkish troops.
Charges have been laid against two NCOs and a former member of the outlawed Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK), who was working for the state as an informer.
The prosecutor also argued that Buyukanit attempted to influence the judiciary process by praising in public one of the NCOs charged over the bombing.
He also asked the military prosecutors to launch a probe into the general, which drew criticism from the army.
Responding to Sarikaya's demand, some military sources said that the prosecutor had abused his powers and the army might retaliate by filing a complaint against him to the justice ministry.