September 25, 2012
Turkey's Military Trial Reopens Old Wounds
Pelin Turgut, Time
It was meant to be a milestone for Turkish democracy. In a trial that ran for 21 months, more than 300 senior military officers — including two ex-generals — were accused of seeking to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan‘s Islamist-rooted government in 2003. Never again would hardline secularist generals — the arbiters of political life for decades by force of coups or behind-the-scenes coercion — be able to act with impunity.
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