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Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Anadolu 4th High Criminal Court in Istanbul on Tuesday acquitted [Daily Sabah report] the remaining 62 military officers for from an alleged conspiracy to initiate a coup in Turkey in 2003. A lawyer explained the ruling cites inadmissible evidence [Reuters report], notably some of the digital evidence. Allegedly, … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot [JURIST news archive]. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile]. The ruling … [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
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
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 Max Slater

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the state's death penalty [JURIST news archive] law. The court's ruling affirmed the death sentence of a man convicted of murdering a 13-year old boy with a sledgehammer in 1997. In its defense of the death penalty, the … [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
17 Jul 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [official website] on Saturday criticized Turkey's neglect of some human rights issues [CNN Turk report, in Turkish], including a lack of religious freedom, the censoring of the internet and improper detention of journalists. Clinton noted the rising economic importance of Turkey as … [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]


Academic Commentary
10 Apr 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Richard Edwards of the University of the West of England Bristol Law School says that the United Kingdom faces a constitutional crisis over the disenfranchisement of prisoners, which raises further questions about its relationship with Europe and the Human Rights Act.... Constitutional crises often arise from the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Thursday began the trial of nearly 200 military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government. 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 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Turkish prosecutors on Tuesday announced plans to investigate claims by Eskisehir Police Chief Hanefi Avci that evidence of several alleged coups plots, particularly Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was fabricated. Avci alleged in a book he recently published, Devotee Residents of Halich: Yesterday State, Today Religious Congregation, that … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2010
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday annulled the arrest warrants issued for 102 Turkish military officers over an alleged 2003 coup plot. The officers, including 25 generals and admirals, were arrested last month [JURIST report] for allegedly participating in a coup plot referred to as "Operation Sledgehammer" [Al Jazeera backgrounder] … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, in Turkish] on Saturday stated his willingness to consider changes to a law that allows the military to interfere in domestic matters. Article 35 of Turkish Armed Forces Services Law, which gives the military the authority to intervene in domestic affairs … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday ordered the arrest of 102 people, including two serving and three retired military officers, in connection with an alleged coup plot. The 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques … [read more]

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