Top Turkish court backs ex-army chief's bid for release

Reuters News
Posted: Mar 06, 2014 7:32 AM

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkey's constitutional court ruled on Thursday in favor of former military chief Ilker Basbug's appeal against his detention on a life sentence for plotting against the government, saying his right to freedom had been violated.

The ruling, announced on the court's website, paved the way for his possible release by a lower court.

The retired general has been held in Silivri prison near Istanbul for 26 months over his alleged role in the 'Ergenekon' conspiracy against Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government.

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