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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

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