Turkey releases 230 persons arrested for planning military coup

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 19


A Turkish court decided to release 230 persons earlier convicted on charges of a coup known as Sledgehammer (Balyoz in Turkish), Hurriyet newspaper reported on June 19.

Reportedly, the 4th Grave Crimes Court of Istanbul, considered the request of lawyers, and made the decision to release 230 convicts from prison.

Earlier, the Turkish Constitutional Court ruled that the rights of those convicted on charges of preparing the Balyoz military coup were violated during the collection of evidence against them.

The court ruled that the evidence against the accused was collected illegally, including illegal wiretapping.

The Constitutional Court's decision obliged the Turkish courts to review the cases of 230 convicts.

Istanbul Prosecutor's Office launched investigations on the Sledgehammer Plan following the publication of a series of controversial materials in the Taraf newspaper in January 2010.

The published materials argued that Turkey's influential army, which has conducted coups three times since 1960, prepared a plan for bombings in mosques in Istanbul and declaring a state of emergency.

The materials of the criminal case, which consists of about 1,000 pages, argue that the coup plan was prepared at the headquarters of the first field army stationed in Istanbul. The military said in response, that the plan was a war game scenario in one of the workshops, and has no relation to reality.

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