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Erdogan Unraveling
Erdogan Unraveling
Turkish PM Supports Retrial for Officers Convicted of Coup Plot

Turkey’s prime minister signaled a willingness on Sunday to allow a retrial of hundreds of army officers who were convicted of a conspiracy to overthrow the government. Former military chiefs, alongside hundreds of more junior officers, journalists, and opposition lawmakers, were sentenced to lengthy prison sentences in the so-called “Ergenekon” trial in 2013. “Our position on a retrial is a favorable one,” Erdogan told reporters in Istanbul.

Erdogan Unraveling
Turkey's Military Pipes Up

The Turkish military issued a demand yesterday that puts a new wrinkle in a scandal that has gripped the nation over the past few weeks. The military’s general staff accused judicial prosecutors and police of manipulating and falsifying evidence in two high-profile trials, which resulted in convictions on charges of treason and espionage for hundreds of officers, including former chiefs of the air force and navy. The accusations came on the heels of a surprising statement made by one of Prime Minister Erdogan’s advisors, who spoke of a “plot” against the military. Now, opposition parties and the military are calling for an investigation.

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