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Turkey upholds convictions of top officers over coup plot

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 01:27

Oct. 9 - Turkish appeals court upholds key coup sentences in ''Sledgehammer'' case as relatives and supporters of defendants demonstrate outside courthouse. Mana Rabiee reports.

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In Ankara, pro-military chants outside a Turkish appeals court. These are the relatives of top retired officers who were convicted of planning a military coup a decade ago. They're angry over a court ruling on Wednesday that upheld their convictions, 'The traitors are in Parliament', the families chant, 'the commanders are in jail'. (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) UNNAMED RELATIVE OF A DEFENDANT, SAYING: "This is very unfortunate. I think from now on no citizen will have a guarantee when it comes to law. We are entering a new period in which Turkey can go any direction." More than 300 officers were convicted last month in the so-called "Sledgehammer" conspiracy. Their plot was said to have included planting bombs in Istanbul to destabilize the government. The Sledgehammer case underlines the civilian dominance here over a once all-powerful army. For decades, the armed forces were the self-appointed guardians of Turkey's secular order. The military carried out three coups between 1960 and 1980, pressuring an Islamist-led government out of power in 1997. But when Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's Islamist-rooted AK Party came into power in 2002, the army's influence was reined in. And prosecutors continue to pursue suspected coup-plotters in the army through the courts.

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Turkey upholds convictions of top officers over coup plot

Wednesday, October 09, 2013 - 01:27