‘Court of Cassation rules it was a junta’

Published on 10 October 2013 at 10:09

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In a ruling delivered on October 9, the highest court in Turkey has confirmed the prison sentences meted out to 237 of some 300 military personnel — including several senior offices — who were found guilty of planning a coup d’état against Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s conservative Islamic government in 2003, reports Radikal.

The operation codenamed “Bayloz” (“Club”) aimed to perpetrate a series of attacks on mosques in Istanbul to justify military intervention that would chase Erdoğan’s government out of power.

In an editorial, the daily notes that the court confirmed the acquittal of 34 other people —

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In a country where everything is necessarily "black" or "white", the "grey" represented by this decision has to a very small degree moderated the trend for systematic polarisation.

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