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Unfair trial in Turkey

Last Monday, in Turkey’s notorious Ergenekon trial, 254 of the 275 defendants were convicted of membership in a clandestine terrorist organization seeking to destabilize Turkey’s government. While Turkey has a history of military coups, a dirty war against Kurds, and other illegal activities, this trial had little to do with prosecuting such real crimes and did not come close to the standards for a fair trial.

As reported, severe sentences were given to some members of the military, but those convicted also include many civilians. As part of a human rights mission from the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies, I visited Turkey to examine the cases of eight scientists, engineers and doctors, each indicted in one or two of four separate trials including this one.

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