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Turkey: Military Trial Marked by Doubts About Evidence

Can the Turkish military stand behind Erdogan? (Photo: Adem Altan/Getty Images)

It's a plot that, if accurate, has the potential to mark a turning point in Turkish history. The problem is, there are doubts about the authenticity of key evidence against the defendants.

Nearly 200 members of the Turkish military, including high-ranking officers, are charged with hatching the spectacular plot to foment widespread unrest, and, ultimately, topple the governing Justice and Development (AKP) Party.

When revealed by the Taraf newspaper in January, the plot shocked the country, led to the arrest of top officers, and heralded a new stage in the bitter power struggle between Turkey's secular military establishment and the AKP government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The trial was scheduled to resume December 28.

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Alexander Christie-Miller is a freelance journalist based in Istanbul, where he writes for the Times.

Turkey: Military Trial Marked by Doubts About Evidence

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