March 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Turkey's Constitutional Court on Thursday ruled in favor of retired general Ilker Basbug's appeal against his sentence for life imprisonment. The ruling may allow for his release by the lower court and set a precedent for more than 200 others currently imprisoned for allegedly playing roles in the ...[read more]
August 5, 2013
by Endia Vereen
A Turkish court on Monday convicted the country's former military chief of plotting to overthrow the government and sentenced him to life in prison. Retired general Ilker Basbug was arrested in 2012 for his alleged involvement with the Ergenekon network, a secular group suspected of planning to ...[read more]
July 6, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
On July 6, 2008, Turkey police arrested former generals Sener Eruygur and Hursit Tolon on suspicion of planning to overthrow the government. The two were accused by the country's majority Islamic group, the Justice Development Party (AKP), of belonging to the secular extremist group Ergenekon, a ...[read more]
March 26, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
Retired Turkish General Ilker Basbug appeared in an Istanbul court on Monday for the beginning of his trial on terrorism charges. The hearing before the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court occurred in a courtroom at the Silivri prison, where Basbug has been held since January. Basbug, formerly the ...[read more]
March 15, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On March 15, 2011, the UN Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged the Turkish government to respect journalists' freedom of expression. The admonishment was in response to the arrest of nine journalists by Turkish officials earlier in March 2011. The arrests were based on ...[read more]
March 13, 2012
by Andrea Bottorff
An Istanbul court on Monday ordered four Turkish journalists to be released from prison while they wait for their trial to resume. Journalists Ahmet Sik, Nedim Sener, Coskun Musluk and Sait Cakir were released, although nine other journalists remain in prison. The journalists were arrested in ...[read more]
February 15, 2012
by Jerry Votava
An indictment against General Ilker Basbug was accepted by the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court on Wednesday, after Basbug's request to have his case heard by the Supreme State Council, a faction of Turkey's Constitutional Court, was denied. The request was denied because the charges faced by ...[read more]
January 7, 2012
by Cody Harding
On January 7, 2009, Turkish police arrested approximately 40 people in an investigation of an alleged attempt to overthrow the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP). Those arrested in the coup included three retired generals, a journalist, a professor, and former head of the police anti- ...[read more]
January 6, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
Retired Turkish general Ilker Basbug, formerly the leader of all of Turkey's armed forces, was arrested on Friday for his alleged involvement with the Ergenekon network. The group allegedly planned to assassinate prominent members of Turkey's Christian and Jewish minority groups, blame Islamic ...[read more]
April 7, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Turkish authorities on Thursday replaced lead prosecutors in the Ergenekon coup investigations in response to criticism. The probe has resulted hundreds of arrests, with people awaiting or on trial, but has not yet delivered any verdicts. Among the hundreds arrested are 163 active and retired ...[read more]

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