Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

FOCUS

35 Basque independence activists face trial in Spain

Read more

ENCORE!

Angoulême comics festival: The power of the pencil

Read more

WEB NEWS

Mexican government declares missing students dead

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

'Snowmageddon' is snow problem for New York

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Libya violence: At least 4 foreigners among those killed in hotel attack

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Mali: 12 people die in suicide attack against MNLA

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Who will follow in Charlie Hebdo's footsteps?'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Searching for a 'blizzard buddy'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Facebook user base now bigger than China’s population

Read more

Europe

Turkey’s 1980 military coup leaders sentenced to life

© Photo: Hurriyet (Turkey's former President and coup Kenan Evren at his home in Ankara)

Text by HÜRRIYET DAILY NEWS

Latest update : 2014-06-18

Turkey sentenced two leaders of the country’s September 12, 1980 coup d’etat to life in prison on Wednesday.

The court initially sentenced the two surviving members of the junta, coup leader Kenan Evren and then-commander of the Air Force, Tahsin Şahinkaya, to aggravated life sentences on coup charges, before reducing the sentences to life in prison due to extenuating circumstances.

Prosecutor Erdinç Hakan Özdabakoğlu introduced his final opinion in the case ahead of the decision, demanding that Evren and Şahinkaya be sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment on charges related to Article 146 of the Turkish Penal Code (TCK), which covers criminal attempts to change all or part of the Constitution.

After the verdict was announced, ruling party spokesperson Hüseyin Çelik stated on his Twitter account that “justice had come to life.”

The AKP’s Çelik also said the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) and the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), which both campaigned to vote “no” to the constitutional changes in the Sept 12, 2010 referendum, paving the way for the coup leaders to be tried, owed the public an apology.

Click here to read more on the Hurriyet Daily News.

 

Date created : 2014-06-18

  • HURRIYET DAILY NEWS

    Turkey opposition accuses govt of protecting ISIS militants

    Read more

  • HURRIYET DAILY NEWS

    Turkey's Constitutional Court overturns ban on Twitter

    Read more

  • HURRIYET DAILY NEWS

    Turkish court suspends government ban on Twitter

    Read more

COMMENT(S)