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Turkey: verdicts upheld for "Sledgehammer plotters" convicted of trying to overthrown Prime Minister Erdogan

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Turkey: verdicts upheld for "Sledgehammer plotters" convicted of trying to overthrown Prime Minister Erdogan

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Several Turkish military officers have had their convictions upheld for a coup to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in 2003.

In the ruling, the court upheld 20-year prison sentences for chief suspect and former commander of the First Army Cetin Dogan, former air force commander Ibrahim Firtina and retired admiral Ozden Ornek.

The coup, known as the ‘Sledgehammer Plot’, sees 326 serving and retired military officers accused of planning to destabilise the Turkish government. Their alleged plans included plots to bomb mosques and attempts to trigger a conflict with Greece, to pave the way for a military takeover.