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Turkish Court May Give Ruling Today in Coup Trial, Star Says

Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- A Turkish court may give a ruling today in the trial of 365 defendants, most of whom are active or retired military officers, on charges of plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government in 2003, Star newspaper said.

The so-called “Balyoz” or “Sledgehammer” trial began in December 2010. Hundreds of other suspects, including soldiers and politicians, face similar charges in a separate case, dubbed “Ergenekon,” investigating an alleged conspiracy aimed at overthrowing the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, which came to power in November 2002.

To contact the reporter on this story: Selcan Hacaoglu in Ankara at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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