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Turkish general tells court 1980 coup was ‘appropriate’

Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2012-12-03

Turkey’s former president and 1980 coup leader Kenan Evren (pictured) told a court in Ankara on Wednesday that the bloody “revolution” he helped orchestrate was “appropriate for the country” as he testified via video link from his hospital bed.

Challenging the authority of the court trying them, two surviving chiefs of Turkey's 1980 coup have rejected all charges, saying they made the appropriate choice for the sake of the country. Asked about the executions of their opponents, ex-president Evren says they showed they were not taking sides by hanging both leftists and rightists.

Read more on Hürriyet Daily News.

Date created : 2012-11-22

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