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Calls for Turkish coup leaders to be tried

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Calls for Turkish coup leaders to be tried


In Istanbul and Ankara, rights demonstrators have marched to the courts demanding that former general Kenan Evran, the leader of the 1980 military coup, be brought to justice.
Under the reforms in Sunday’s referendum, which had a 58 per cent ‘yes’ majority, he and other coup leaders have been stripped of immunity. 
Outside the chief prosecutor’s office in Ankara, Farek Unsal, who led the protest, made clear their demands.
“We are here to appeal to send to court those responsible for the 12th of September coup, which is a black stain in our political history,” he said.
Former general Evren, who is now a sickly 93-year-old, voted on Sunday in the referendum. He has always defended his actions of 30 years ago. 
As General and later as President of Turkey, he has said military intervention was needed to bring to an end years of violence between left and right-wing factions in which it is estimated 5,000 died.
After the military seized power, around 50 people were executed and hundreds of thousands were arrested.
In the wake of calls for the leaders to be tried, some legal experts have argued that a statute of limitations could prevent a trial. 

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