Court lifts travel ban on 85 suspects in Ergenekon trial

The international travel ban imposed on the 85 suspects in the Ergenekon trial in which they are accused of a number of crimes committed with the intention of overthrowing the government, including former Chief of General Staff retired Gen. ilker Baibui and retired generals iener Eruygur, Veli Kanduandcanduk, Dursun andciandcek and Huriit Tolon, was lifted on Thursday by the16th Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Appeals.
The lawyers requested the court to lift the travel ban imposed on the 85 defendants. The court decided to lift the ban on the 85 suspects on Thursday.
Ergenekon is a terrorist organization accused of working to topple the democratically elected government in Turkey. Its existence was discovered when the police found a number of hand grenades in a shanty house in the andumraniye district of Istanbul in 2007.
The suspects, who include members of the military, businessmen and journalists, appeared before a court for the first time in 2008 in what many described as the and”trial of the century.and” The suspects were sentenced to lengthy prison terms by the Istanbul 13th High Criminal Court in August 2013, but their sentences have not yet been overturned by the Supreme Court of Appeals.
In March 2014, less than a year after the verdict was passed, the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) passed a law abolishing specially authorized courts (andOYM), which oversaw the case, and decreased the maximum period of detention before a final verdict to five years, enabling Baibui and hundreds of other army officers to be released.


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