Top Turkish court backs ex-army chief's bid for release

ANKARA, March 6 Thu Mar 6, 2014 7:28am EST

ANKARA, March 6 (Reuters) - Turkey's constitutional court ruled on Thursday in favour of former military chief Ilker Basbug's appeal against his detention on a life sentence for plotting against the government, saying his right to freedom had been violated.

The ruling, announced on the court's website, paved the way for his possible release by a lower court.

The retired general has been held in Silivri prison near Istanbul for 26 months over his alleged role in the 'Ergenekon' conspiracy against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.

(Writing by Daren Butler; Editing by Gareth Jones)