Turkish military stresses rule of law in wake of Ergenekon verdicts

Turkish military stresses rule of law in wake of Ergenekon verdicts
# 06 August 2013 17:38 (UTC +04:00)

Baku-APA. The Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has said in its first comments on the recent verdicts against dozens of active duty and former members on coup plotting charges that it believes the trial will be concluded in a fair manner as it respects the principle of the rule of law, APA reports quoting Todays Zaman.

"We, the TSK, believe -- as required by our respect for the rule of law -- that the trial will be concluded in a fair manner within boundaries of the principle of fair trials,” the military said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

The statement also said the TSK shares the grief of its members who were convicted in the Ergenekon trial as well as that of their families.

The landmark trial ended on Monday, when 19 individuals, mostly retired army top brass, received life sentences for attempting to stage a coup. A specially authorized court in Silivri hearing the case sentenced on Monday a former chief of General Staff to life without parole and handed down heavy sentences to nearly 300 defendants, including many former military commanders accused of plotting to topple the government.

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