Turkish court rules on jailing of Basbug

Constitutional Court says rights of the former Turkish army head Basbug`s rights were violated.

Constitutional Court says rights of the former Turkish army head Basbug`s rights were violated.

ANKARA - The Turkish Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday that the imprisonment of the former head of the Turkish military, Ilker Basbug constitutes a violation of his legal rights.

Basbug`s attorney filed a complaint to the Constitutional Court regarding the `trial of Basbug`s in a local court and his ongoing two-year imprisonment` but the appeal was rejected without being examined, according to Basbug`s attorney.

The Constitutional Court said Basbug could not appeal to the highest appeal court (Yargitay) as the local court failed to complete legal procedure. So the decision is now with the local court which could decide on his release.

Basbug was convicted in August last year of attempting to overthrow the government and was sentenced by a court in Istanbul to life in prison.

Nearly 270 suspects including Basbug, who were accused of plotting high-profile attacks in Turkey to prepare the way for a military coup and of being part of an alleged organization called Ergenekon, faced trials and imprisonments in August.

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