Former chief of Turkey’s general staff freed from prison

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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 7

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The former chief of Turkey's general staff Ilker Basbug has been freed from the Silivri prison, according to the Turkish Hurriyet news agency.

Earlier today Istanbul Court for Grave Crimes decided to release Basbug.

It should be noted that yesterday Turkey's Constitutional Court expressed its attitude to the non-consideration of solicitation filed by Basbug's lawyer to the lower instance court for changing the restraint measure, which envisages an arrest.

"Non-consideration of solicitation filed by the lawyer to the lower instance court is considered as a violation of personal freedom and the right to security," the court said.

On August 5, 2013 the Turkish court sentenced the 70-year-old former head of Turkey's General Staff, Ilker Basbug to life imprisonment under the case on the Ergenekon organization's military coup attempt.

The court recognized the Ergenekon organization, which was involved in a military coup attempt in Turkey in 2006, as a terrorist organization.

Ilker Basbug and a number of senior Turkish servicemen were sentenced to life imprisonment.

General Basbug resigned in 2010.

Translated by E.A.

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