Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech at the Automobile Club de France in Paris on October 31, 2014. AFP PHOTO / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN
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Two retired generals who led Turkey's armed forces at the time of an alleged 2003 coup plot told a retrial of hundreds of officers Monday that they knew of no plans to topple then-Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.The officers were convicted in 2012 for plotting a coup against Erdogan, now president. The two retired generals were giving evidence for the first time.Aytac Yalman, ground forces commander at the time of a 2003 military seminar which was central to the prosecution case, told the court:Among the 236 defendants at the hearing were chief suspect Cetin Dogan, former head of the prestigious First Army, two retired force commanders and a former general who is now a member of parliament with a nationalist party.Erdogan, his primacy over the army established, said early this year he was open to the idea of a retrial.
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