Report: 56 on trial over alleged Turkish coup plot

By AP, JPOST.COM STAFF
July 20, 2009 13:58

Turkey's state-run Anatolia news agency reported Monday that the trial of 56 Turks accused of being part of an alleged plot to topple Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-oriented government had begun. Prosecutors claim retired Gens. Hursit Tolon and Sener Eruygur are accused of being among the ringleaders of the secularist Ergenekon gang, which supposedly conspired to trigger a military takeover by creating chaos through a string of political assassinations and other violence. Other suspects on trial include Turkish politicians, businessmen and journalists.


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