Turkish court orders release of jailed general

A Turkish court has ordered the release of former Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug.

Turkish court orders release of jailed general

World Bulletin / News Desk

A Turkish court has ordered the release of former Chief of Staff Ilker Basbug, who was jailed last August for his role in the secret Ergenekon organization, which is accused of attempting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Yesterday, the court ruled that his rights and freedoms had been breached, leading many to believe that the jailed commander's case may be given a retrial.

Earlier today, Erdogan welcomed the court's prior decision, saying "The decision of the local court is important to us." 

Erdogan exposed the Ergenekon underground network of retired and serving military generals after Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink was shot dead in 2007.

The retired general had been held in Silivri prison near Istanbul for 26 months.

Last Mod: 07 Mart 2014, 17:45
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