Turkey to place Blue Homeland architect Gürdeniz under surveillance

Turkish police on Monday arrived at the home of Cem Gürdeniz, the author of Turkey’s Blue Homeland maritime doctrine, to place an electronic monitoring device on the retired admiral, his wife said on Twitter.

Gürdeniz is one of 103 retired admirals accused of threatening a coup over a letter they penned earlier this month criticising any government decision to abandon the 1936 Montreux Convention and what the authors saw as an “Islamisation’’ of the Turkish armed forces. 

The former head of the Plans and Policy Division in Turkish Naval Forces Headquarters was arrested on April 5, along with over a dozen other signatories of the letter, on grounds of committing a crime against the constitution.

Gürdeniz was released the following week after giving a statement in court.

The author of the Blue Homeland doctrine, which lays claim to expansive territorial waters in the Aegean, Mediterranean and Black seas, has dismissed accusations that he and other retired naval officers were threatening a coup, saying it was within his right to freedom of expression and that of his co-signatories’ to make their objections known through the letter.

Police arrived at Gürdeniz’s home to place an electronic monitor on the retired admiral, used to prevent suspects from fleeing the country or other set parameters, his wife Rengin Gürdeniz said on Twitter, but left to return the next day after it was discovered he has not at home.