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Turkey's former army chief released from prison: Lawyer

Published on Mar 7, 2014 11:50 PM

ISTANBUL (AFP) - A Turkish court on Friday ordered the immediate release of former military chief Ilker Basbug, who was sentenced to life in prison last year for plotting to overthrow the Islamic-rooted government, his lawyer said.

The decision came a day after Turkey's top Constitutional Court ruled that Basbug's legal rights had been violated.

"This verdict is significant," Basbug's lawyer Ilkay Sezer told reporters. "Mr Basbug will walk free three hours later," he added.

Basbug was sentenced to life in prison in 2013 along with hundreds of military officers who were given long jail terms for their role in the so-called "Ergenekon" conspiracy, an alleged plot to overthrow the government.

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