Turkey prepares for new coup plot trial

December 16, 2010 04:19

Turkey plans to put nearly 200 active and retired Turkish officers, including former chiefs of the air force and navy, on trial Thursday for allegedly plotting to topple the Islamic-rooted government in 2003.

The trial at a special court house in the town of Silivri, near Istanbul marks the government's increasing confidence in confronting a military that once held sway over Turkish political life.Prosecutors have not made public any evidence or details of the accusations, but the Taraf newspaper has published what it calls leaked copies of documents pertaining to an alleged conspiracy dubbed "Sledgehammer."

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