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Ergenekon: Turkish court orders release of jailed former army chief


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Ergenekon: Turkish court orders release of jailed former army chief

A Turkish court has ordered the release of former army chief Ilker Basbug, who was given a life sentence last year for plotting to overthrow the government.

The release order came after Turkey’s constitutional court ruled that Basbug’s detention for his alleged role in the “Ergenekon” conspiracy violated his rights.

It found that the court trying him had failed to publish a detailed verdict on the case.

The move could set a precedent for more than 200 other defendants who have been been jailed over the Ergenekon affair.

Ex-generals, politicians and journalists were all brought to court – accused of being involved in a plot to topple the Islamic-orientated government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

According to prosecutors, a network of secular nationalists – code-named Ergenekon – planned high profile attacks, aimed at causing chaos in Turkey and triggering a military coup.

Critics say the charges were trumped up and aimed at stifling opposition.

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