Former Turkish military chief on trial

AP News
Posted: Mar 26, 2012 9:06 AM
Former Turkish military chief on trial

Turkey's former military chief has gone on trial for allegedly leading an Internet campaign aimed at stirring revolt and destabilizing the government.

Gen. Ilker Basbug was jailed in early January, accused of attempting to overthrow the government. He is the most senior officer to face trial in anti-terror probes that began in 2008 and have netted hundreds of suspects, including many retired or active-duty military officers.

In the opening of the trial Monday, the court rejected a defense request that Basbug be tried by the country's Supreme Court, a procedure accorded to senior officials.

The government says the trials are enhancing democracy, but suspicions of score-settling _ including long imprisonments without verdicts and other lapses _ have tainted the legal process.