Turkish Leader Disowns Trials That Helped Him Tame Military

February 27, 2014 10:00 AM

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Turkish Leader Disowns Trials That Helped Him Tame Military

ISTANBUL — A series of sensational trials that shook the Turkish military in recent years achieved what many regard as the most important legacy of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s more than a decade in power: sending the army back to its barracks and out of politics.

Now, though, Mr. Erdogan is acknowledging what many legal and forensics experts have long said: that, in a word, the trials were a sham. He has reversed himself not because of any pangs of guilt, analysts say, but for the simple reason that the same prosecutors who targeted the military with fake ev...

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