Turkish court acquits all defendants over 2003 alleged coup plot

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Posted: Apr 07, 2015 5:36 AM

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Turkish court on Tuesday acquitted the last 62 military officers jailed over an alleged 2003 plot to oust then-prime minister Tayyip Erdogan, after the prosecutor said digital evidence was inadmissible, a defense lawyer told Reuters.

In 2012 a court sentenced the officers to jail over the alleged "Sledgehammer" conspiracy dating back to 2003, a year after Erdogan's AK Party came to power. Erdogan is now president.

The constitutional court ordered a retrial last April, and last week an Istanbul court acquitted 236 other officers in connection with the alleged plot.

(Reporting by Ece Toksabay; Editing by Hugh Lawson)