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Trial opens of shadowy far-right Turkish group

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The argument raging in Turkey over its secular or religious future is being highlighted by the trial of suspected members of a shadowy right-wing group said to be trying to de-stabilise the state.

Eighty-six people, including former soldiers, politicians and lawyers, are being accused of belonging to Ergenekon, an ultra-nationalist group, whose aim is said to include fomenting unrest to force a military coup.

Secular Turks accuse the ruling AK Party of wanting an Islamic state. The AK denies that, despite its roots in political Islam. Supporters of the accused say Turkey’s real traitors are Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government.