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Turkish court orders retrial for over 200 ex-military convicted of plotting against govt


ANKARA, Turkey — A Turkish court has ruled for a retrial for more than 200 military officers who were sentenced to up to 22 years in jail for allegedly plotting to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government in 2003.

The Istanbul court ruled Thursday that the officers — who include former army, air force and navy chiefs — be released from prison.

The decision comes a day after Turkey's highest court said the officers' rights were violated during trial, which was marred by alleged judicial flaws, including allegations of fabricated evidence.

Erdogan had hailed their trial and others as an end of an era of military intervention in politics. His government has since distanced itself from the proceedings.

The officers were convicted in 2012. An appeals court confirmed the convictions in October.

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