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Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish] on Thursday ruled in favor of retired general Ilker Basbug's [personal website, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] appeal against his sentence for life imprisonment. The ruling may allow for his release [Reuters report] by the lower court and set a precedent for … [read more]


Legal News
5 Aug 2013
by Endia Vereen

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday convicted the country's former military chief of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced him to life in prison. Retired general Ilker Basbug [personal website, in Turkish; BBC profile] was arrested [JURIST report] in 2012 for his alleged involvement with the Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Turkish judges on Monday delayed closing arguments in the trial of 275 individuals charged with plotting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, Turkish]. Defendants were scheduled to deliver closing statements [AP report] on Monday, but mass protests outside the courtroom caused delays, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday delivered the first of more than 300 verdicts expected in the trial examining the 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot [JURIST news archive], which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Turkish state prosecutor on Monday urged the court to move to a verdict in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003. The prosecution has demanded 15 to 20 years of imprisonment [Reuters report] for the 364 officers, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday ordered the release of 16 individuals detained on accusations of having links to Kurdish militants. Busra Ersanli [personal website, in Turkish], a professor from Istanbul's Marmara University, and 15 other individuals will be released after having been detained by local authorities [Reuters report] for … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Turkish ruling party plans to abolish the special courts [Reuters report] used in coup and terrorism trials, Reuters [media website] reported Wednesday. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website] plans to present a reform package including the proposed abolition of special courts to the country's parliament … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] A boycott by defense lawyers in the case of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting a coup against the government in 2003 caused the judge to refer the case on Friday to the Istanbul Chief Prosecutor's Office to break the deadlock. The trial stems from the Balyoz … [read more]


Legal News
26 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] Retired Turkish General Ilker Basbug [official website, in Turkish] appeared in an Istanbul court on Monday for the beginning of his trial on terrorism charges. The hearing before the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court occurred in a courtroom at the Silivri prison, where Basbug has been held [Reuters report] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2012
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] An Istanbul court on Monday ordered four Turkish journalists to be released from prison while they wait for their trial to resume. Journalists Ahmet Sik, Nedim Sener, Coskun Musluk and Sait Cakir were released [Hurriyet Daily News report], although nine other journalists remain in prison. The journalists were arrested … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] An indictment against General Ilker Basbug [official website, in Turkish] was accepted by the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Wednesday, after Basbug's request to have his case heard by the Supreme State Council, a faction of Turkey's Constitutional Court [official website, in Turkish], was denied. The request was … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] Retired Turkish general Ilker Basbug, formerly the leader of all of Turkey's armed forces, was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement with the Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] network. The group allegedly planned to assassinate prominent members of Turkey's Christian and Jewish minority groups, blame Islamic terrorists … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2012
by Jamie Davis

[JURIST] Former Turkish president Kenan Evren [official profile] and former air force commander Tahsin Sahinkaya have been charged with crimes against the state in connection with a 1980 military coup and could face life imprisonment, according to Tuesday reports. Evren was head of the 1980 military coup before he became … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear the case amid allegations by the defense counsel that … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday issued arrest warrants for seven generals and admirals accused of creating anti-government websites in 2009. Among those wanted are General Nusret Tasdeler, head of the army's educational command, and General Ismail Pekin, the general staff's intelligence chief. The men are expected to voluntarily turn … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Turkish authorities on Wednesday arrested two military officials alleged to have been involved in the Balyoz Security Operation Plan ("Sledgehammer" plot) [Taraf report, in Turkish; JURIST news archive], a military plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. Lieutenant General Ziya Guler and officer Bulent Akalin were arrested after appearing in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Turkish authorities on Thursday replaced lead prosecutors in the Ergenekon coup [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] investigations in response to criticism. The probe has resulted hundreds of arrests, with people awaiting or on trial, but has not yet delivered any verdicts. Among the hundreds arrested are 163 active and … [read more]


Professional Commentary
2 Apr 2011

Reporters Without Borders seconds the United Nations' call on the Turkish government to "guarantee freedom of opinion and expression," as the imprisonment and punishment of journalists on charges of challenging and acting to 'overthrow government via conspiracy' are ridiculous and unacceptable. In accordance with the UN, Reporters Without Borders believes … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2011
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Tuesday urged Turkish officials to respect journalists' freedom of expression [UN News Centre report]. The international concern increased after the Turkish government arrested nine journalists earlier this month based on accusations that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Mar 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] Turkish authorities on Thursday jailed an estimated 10 individuals, including several journalists, allegedly involved with aiding the Ergenekon coup plot [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], amid continued foreign concerns for the treatment of journalists within the country. The arrests were carried out in conjunction with police raids in Ankara … [read more]

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