World Bulletin / News Desk
Judges were considering their verdict on Thursday in the trial of hundreds of Turkish military officers accused of plotting to overthrow the government, a case which has underlined civilian dominance over Turkey's once all-powerful army.
Defence lawyers made their final pleas in the two-year "Sledgehammer" trial, which revolves around a 2003 military seminar that prosecutors say was part of a plot to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.
The judges then went into recess to consider their verdict.
"We don't know how long it will take, but the trial will continue today to announce the verdict" said Omer Diken, the head of a three-judge panel hearing the case.
Prosecutors have demanded 15-20 year jail sentences for the 364 serving and retired officers on trial.
The conspiracy is alleged to have included plans to bomb historic mosques in Istanbul and trigger conflict with Greece to pave the way for an army takeover.
The Turkish army has traditionally played a dominant role in politics, staging three coups between 1960 and 1980 and pushing the country's first Islamist-led government from office in 1997.
Its authority has been reined in sharply since Erdogan first came to power nearly a decade ago.
All but a few of the defence lawyers were absent from the final hearing in protest at the judges' decision to reject demands for further investigation into the authenticity of documents key to the prosecution's case.
“This is a positive development,” Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson has said
The opening ceremony of Kademoon, meaning, "We are coming" has opened its doors in Esenyurt, giving hope to hundreds of children who have escaped the Syrian war for a brighter future.
Former Turkish foreign minister takes new CHP role; tells reporters: 'Solving Istanbul's problems is a ladder that leads to solving Turkey's problems.'
The Russian media named the joint project between Putin and Erdogan as the “Turkish Stream”.
"Solid capital and profitability buffers mean the outlook remains stable" for Turkish Banks
Israel's 'aggressive and ugly attitude' towards holy places in Palestine has brought new chaos to the region, says Cavusoglu
The institute proposed a research department on Turkish-Ottomans, which "fill the gap in the department of history and civilization."
Turkish newspapers cover President Erdogan’s criticism of the EU as well as the normalization of relations between the US and Cuba.
Turkey and Iran both have the political will to fight terrorism, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has said in Tehran.
Turkish Petroleum Pipeline Corporation to receive $1.2 billion from Turkey's Central Bank to meet payments by end of year
President Erdogan has invited a controversial U.S.-based preacher Fethullah Gulen to Turkey to join his alleged team that was detained in a probe
Petroleum Pipeline Corporation to receive $1.2 billion from Turkey's central bank to meet payments by end of year.
Only Turkey and the Dominican Republic lack an official emblem – now Turkish MPs want to find a new coat of arms.
Quran printer's launch of Ottoman Turkish keyboard attracts considerable attention, as language to be required in high schools
Turkey's national air carrier to increase flights from Manchester to Istanbul, following high demand.