Turk leaders seek distance from life terms imposed over coup plot




 
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Turk leaders seek distance from life terms imposed over coup plot
 
August 8th, 2013  
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Turk leaders seek distance from life terms imposed over coup plot
By Ayla Jean Yackley ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Turkish leaders appeared to distance themselves on Thursday from a court that handed a life prison term to a former top general over a coup plot, a landmark case that has polarised Turks over the country's political direction. The trial was widely seen as part of efforts by the Islamist-rooted government to tackle opponents in the military and had the public support of Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. But he and President Abdullah Gul gave a muted sober response to the outcome, wary of providing any spark for another bout of unrest. ...

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