Court Rules for Acquittal of Balyoz Coup Plot Suspects

28043Alll 236 Balyoz (Sledgehammer) coup plot case suspects were acquitted on Tuesday after the prosecutor of the case sought the acquittal of all 236 suspects, including of former First Army Commander, retired General Çetin Doğan, asserting that the digital data in the file, which was presented as the key piece of evidence in the case, cannot serve as evidence in the court since an expert report revealed its falsity.

A new trial began for the Sledgehammer coup plot case suspects after the Constitutional Court ruled for a retrial of the convicted members of the military, citing violations of their rights. The suspects were originally convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison, a term that was previously life imprisonment but was reduced since the coup attempt was not carried out successfully. They were later released upon the ruling of the Constitutional Court. They are now being retried with a fifth hearing taking place on Tuesday at the Anadolu 4th High Criminal court.