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Turkey's former Chief of the General Staff gets life sentence

January 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

A Turkish court has convicted the country’s former Chief of the General Staff to life imprisonment.

Retired General Mehmet İlker Başbuğ was sentenced for his role in the “Ergenekon conspiracy” to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The judges also convicted three dissident MPs to prison terms ranging between 12 and 35 years and are declaring other judgments against a total of 275 defendants involved in the case.