Can Dundar, the editor-in-chief of opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, center, speaks to the media before the start of his trial in Istanbul, Friday, March 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Dominique Soguel)
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A Turkish court took the trial of two prominent journalists charged with espionage behind closed doors Friday and accepted President Tayyip Erdogan as a complainant, in a case which has drawn international condemnation.Can Dundar, editor-in-chief of Cumhuriyet, and Erdem Gul, 49, the newspaper's Ankara bureau chief, stand accused of trying to topple the government with the publication last May of video purporting to show Turkey's state intelligence agency helping to truck weapons to Syria in 2014 .The prosecutor argued for a confidential trial because some evidence involved state secrets. Lawyers for the journalists argued that evidence could be read in closed session while the rest of the trial should remain open.The prosecutors have denied those allegations, while Gulen has denied plotting against the government.Both were subsequently released pending trial, though Erdogan said he did not respect the ruling.
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