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Erdogan Loses Fight With Turkish Deep State, High Court Overturns Ergenekon Convictions

A combination of a file picture and a handout file picture made on March 28, 2014 shows Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) giving a press conference in Brussels on January 21, 2014, and a handout picture released by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen (R) at his residence on September 24, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Erdogan and Gulen were once close allies who transformed a political landscape that had for decades been the domain of secularists and coup-happy generals. Today Erdogan's declared nemesis is the moustachioed 73-year-old imam Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric he accuses of running a parallel "deep state" from faraway rural Pennsylvania. Embroiled in political turmoil and out on the campaign trail ahead of Turkey's March 30, 2014 local elections, Erdogan has declared war on a shadowy enemy and vowed to "liquidate" his foes. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER / ZAMAN DAILY / SELAHATTIN SEVI  = RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - MANDATORY CREDIT "AFP PHOTO/ZAMAN DAILY/SELAHATTIN SEVI" - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE =

A combination of a file picture and a handout file picture made on March 28, 2014 shows Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) giving a press conference in Brussels on January 21, 2014, and a handout picture released by Zaman Daily shows exiled Turkish Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen (R) at his residence on September 24, 2013 in Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania. Erdogan and Gulen were once close allies who transformed a political landscape that had for decades been the domain of secularists and coup-happy generals. Today Erdogan’s declared nemesis is the moustachioed 73-year-old imam Fethullah Gulen, a Muslim cleric he accuses of running a parallel “deep state” from faraway rural Pennsylvania. Embroiled in political turmoil and out on the campaign trail ahead of Turkey’s March 30, 2014 local elections, Erdogan has declared war on a shadowy enemy and vowed to “liquidate” his foes. AFP PHOTO / THIERRY CHARLIER / ZAMAN DAILY / SELAHATTIN SEVI
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Turkish court overturns verdicts in ‘coup plot’ trial

Turkey’s supreme court of appeals has overturned the convictions of 275 people, including a former military chief, who allegedly plotted to overthrow the country’s Islamist-leaning government. The decision opens the way for a re-trial and possible acquittal.

The high court on Thursday cited several flaws in the trial of ex-military chief Ilker Basbug, other officers as well as lawyers, academics and journalists. They were accused of membership in a organization dubbed Ergenekon which allegedly plotted in 2003-2004 to topple Recep Tayyip Erdogan, then prime minister and now the nation’s president.

The lengthy trial contributed to the gradual erosion of the powers of the army, which long viewed itself as the guarantor of secularism.

The appeals court said the lower court had, among other flaws, failed to prove Ergenekon’s existence.

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