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Turkish Military Officers Jailed for Erdogan Coup Plot

A Turkish court jailed 330 military officers, including serving and retired generals and admirals, for as long as 20 years on charges of plotting to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in 2003.

The court near Istanbul convicted ex-air force chief Halil Ibrahim Firtina, former navy chief Ozden Ornek and general Cetin Dogan, who commanded the 1st Army, and imprisoned them for 20 years each, the state-run Anatolia agency said, citing today’s court decision. Ten other ex-admirals and ex-generals, one of whom was elected to parliament, as well as one colonel, got 18 years in jail, it said.