Former Turkish president Evren sentenced to life for staging 1980 coup

June 18, 2014 5:18 PM

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ANKARA - General Kenan Evren, 96, who came to symbolise the "Pasha" officer class that dominated Turkish politics over decades, was sentenced to life in jail on Wednesday for leading a 1980 coup that resulted in widespread torture, arrests and deaths.

Evren, who also served as president after three years of military rule, never expressed regret for the coup which he always argued ended years of left-right street fighting that killed thousands.

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