June 21, 2014
by Ann Schober
A court in Istanbul on Thursday ordered the release and retrial of 230 prisoners convicted for their involvement in the Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot. The scheme, which originated as early as 2003, was aimed at overthrowing Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. The ruling came one day after ...[read more]
September 21, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A Turkish court on Friday delivered the first of more than 300 verdicts expected in the trial examining the 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan, or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting down a Turkish plane in order to undermine the ...[read more]
June 16, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
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 Security ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Max Slater
The Connecticut Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's death penalty 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 court invoked provisions of the Connecticut ...[read more]
August 8, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
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 ...[read more]
June 23, 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove
Turkish authorities on Wednesday arrested two military officials alleged to have been involved in the Balyoz Security Operation Plan ("Sledgehammer" plot), a military plot to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government. Lieutenant General Ziya Guler and officer Bulent Akalin were arrested after ...[read more]
February 22, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 22, 2010, Turkish police detained more than 40 people in connection with an alleged military plot to overthrow the government. According to Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the arrests occurred during security operations in which 14 senior military officers, including former air ...[read more]
December 17, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
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, or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting down a Turkish plane in ...[read more]
August 8, 2010
by Erin Bock
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 for allegedly participating in a coup plot referred to as "Operation Sledgehammer" after the ...[read more]
July 23, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
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, or "Sledgehammer" plot, which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into ...[read more]

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