Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Turkish court orders retrial for hundreds of alleged coup plotters

[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 Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile]. The ruling [Reuters report] came one day after Turkey's Constitutional court [official website] determined the prisoners' rights were violated during trial by the court's flawed handling of digital evidence and its rejection of...


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