Historic Trial of 1980 Coup Generals Begins

The landmark trial over the 1980 coup opened yesterday in the absence of the two ailing defendants, coup leader Kenan Evren and then air force commander Tahsin Şahinkaya, as some intervening lawyers demanded that the pair be brought to court in a cage…

Evren, 94, Chief of General Staff during the coup and President until 1989 and Şahinkaya, 84, are the only two surviving members of the five-man junta that lead the coup. They are both currently in hospital.

The 150-person-capacity courtroom was overcrowded with spectators. Parliament, the government, the main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP), Nationalist Movement Party (MHP), Peace and Democracy Party (BDP), as well as 500 other individuals and institutions, have requested intervening party status in the trial, on the grounds that they suffered in the coup… (click here for more)

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