October 9, 2013
by Max Slater
A Turkish appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of several former military officers for plotting to overthrow the regime of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2003. The court upheld 20-year prison sentences for former commanders Cetin Dogan and Ozden Ornek. Supporters of the ...[read more]
September 2, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Trial began Monday in the 13th Ankara Criminal Court for more than 100 senior military officials accused of plotting to overthrow the Turkish government in 1997. In February 1997, Turkey's secular National Security Council allegedly met and voted to impose strict rules limiting Islamist education ...[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 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]
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]
December 16, 2011
by Cody Harding
On December 16, 2010, a Turkish court began the trial of 196 Turkish military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government. The charges arose after the newspaper Taraf revealed the 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan, which included bombing mosques in Istanbul and provoking Greece into ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Trial began Tuesday for 13 journalists accused of plotting to overthrow the Islamic government in Turkey. The trial lasted only four hours before being adjourned to await a decision from Turkey's high court about whether the presiding judge can hear the case amid allegations by the defense counsel ...[read more]
April 2, 2011
by Brandy Ringer
Reporters Without Borders seconds the United Nations' call on the Turkish government to "guarantee freedom of opinion and expression," as the imprisonment and punishment of journalists on charges of challenging and acting to 'overthrow government via conspiracy' are ridiculous and unacceptable. In ...[read more]
January 21, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On January 21, 2010, the Constitutional Court of Turkey overturned a law allowing the prosecution of military personnel in civilian courts and prevented military prosecution of civilians during peacetime. The court was unanimous in its decision to overturn the law, which was seen as necessary for ...[read more]
June 15, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
A Turkish criminal court on Tuesday began the trial of 33 retired and active naval officers accused of attempting to overthrow the government and establish military rule. The accused are before the Istanbul 12th High Criminal Court for their connection to a group called Ergenekon, which allegedly ...[read more]

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