Turkey: Islamic militant convicted of plot

October 15, 2008 17:02

An Islamic militant has been convicted for a second time of planning to crash a plane into the mausoleum of the founder of modern Turkey. Metin Kaplan was also convicted of attempting to overthrow Turkey's secular regime following a retrial in Istanbul Wednesday. His life sentence was reconfirmed. Kaplan was extradited from Germany and sentenced to life in prison in 2005, but an appeals court overturned the decision, citing insufficient investigation and procedural errors. Kaplan had previously lived in Cologne, Germany. He led the group the Caliphate State, which wants to replace Turkey's secular regime with an Islamic state. The group has been outlawed in Germany and Turkey.

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