Πέμπτη, 27 Σεπτεμβρίου 2012

Turkey's 'Sledgehammer' Verdicts Take Military Down a Peg

Wives of retired and active military officers charged in the so-called Sledgehammer trial march under a huge Turkish flag during a protest at Anitkabir, the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of secular Turkey, in Ankara February 19, 2011. (photo by REUTERS/Umit Bektas )

By: Henri Barkey posted on Wednesday, Sep 26, 2012
In one of the most awaited trials in Turkey, nicknamed the "Sledgehammer Case," the court convicted and sentenced a large number of active and retired Turkish officers accused of trying to foment a coup d'état against the democratically elected Justice and Development Party (AKP). This judgment represents another step in the long process to end the military tutelage system in Turkey. Paradoxically, the generals have only themselves to blame for this outcome. 


Read more: http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2012/al-monitor/turkish-generals-lose-a-court-ca.html#ixzz27hNOHvDY

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