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AUG 05, 2013 - The Guardian

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Turkish leader accused of witch-hunt as army coup plotter is jailed for life

Police fire teargas at protesters outside court as critics say Recep Tayyip Erdo?an used trial to weaken militaryTurkey is facing angry divisions after a former armed forces commander was sentenced to life imprisonment with 16 other retired officers for their role in an alleged terrorist plot to overthrow the country's Islamist-rooted government.Ilker Basbug, chief of staff until 2010, is one of 275 people, including other top military men, politicians and journalists, who were convicted of attempting to mount a coup against Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, the prime minister and AK party leader.On ... Read More

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