Turkish soccer fans go on trial accused of coup attempt

December 16, 2014 11:59 AM

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ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Thirty-five Turkish soccer fans went on trial on Tuesday accused of attempting to stage a coup during mass protests last year, in a case the opposition and rights groups say is an abuse of the justice system by a government bent on revenge.

Prosecutors are seeking life sentences for all of them, from a supporters' group of major Istanbul team Besiktas. They are accused of helping organize the protests that erupted in Istanbul's Taksim square in May 2013 and grew into a major challenge to then-Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan.

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