Life imprisonment for ex Turkish Military Chief
TURKEY, Silivri : Wrapped in a Turkish flag and holding another one with a portrait of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, a protestor sits in front of police forces blocking the access to a courthouse in Silivri, near Istanbul, on August 5, 2013, where Ilker Basbug was sentenced to life imprisonment. AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE
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İSTANBUL (CİHAN)- On August 5, Turkish court sentenced 70-year-old ex-Chief of General Staff of Turkey Ilker Basbug to life imprisonment over a military coup attempt by Ergenekon.
A number of high-ranking Turkish servicemen were also sentenced to life imprisonment together with Basbug.
The court viewed Ergenekon as a terrorist organization.
It is reported that 21 people were acquitted in the case.
The judicial case on the organization of a campaign on discrediting the ruling Justice and Development Party in Turkey has been on going for several years. General Basbug resigned in 2010.