Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gestures while delivering a speech during the Mukhtars meeting at the Presidential Complex in Ankara on January 20, 2016. AFP / ADEM ALTAN
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Turkish prosecutors Wednesday demanded life sentences for two top journalists from the opposition Cumhuriyet newspaper on charges of revealing state secrets with a report that had alleged President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government tried to send arms into Syria.Prosecutors asked the Istanbul court to sentence editor-in-chief Can Dundar and Ankara bureau chief Erdem Gul each to a penalty comprising one aggravated life sentence, one ordinary life sentence and 30 years in jail, the Dogan news agency reported.It is not unusual in Turkey for prosecutors to seek a combined penalty of life sentences plus a term in jail, but this is done in cases involving violent crimes, such as murder.The penalties demanded by the prosecutors are far heavier than expected.
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