File - Turkey's Chief of Staff General Ilker Basbug at the funeral ceremony for the last veteran of the Turkish War of Independence in Selimiye, Istanbul, November 14, 2008.(AFP PHOTO / MUSTAFA OZER)
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A Turkish court on Friday ordered the immediate release of ex-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, saying that a lower court had failed to publish its detailed verdict on the case and send it to the appeals court.In a conciliatory gesture toward the army that further increases the chances of retrials for the hundreds of convicted officers, parliament in February abolished the specially appointed courts that tried them.The constitutional court's ruling could set a precedent for more than 200 others jailed for their alleged roles in coup conspiracies.
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