Former Turkish military chief gets life sentence in alleged conspiracy to overthrow prime minister

ISTANBUL - A Turkish court has convicted the country's former military chief of trying to overthrow the government and sentenced him to life in prison.

Ilker Basbug was the most prominent defendant among some 250 people facing verdicts on Monday in a landmark trial regarding an alleged conspiracy to overthrow Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.

Early Monday, the court acquitted 21 defendants, but convicted and sentenced more than 40, including military officers, a journalist and a police chief. The sentences ranged from a year to life, according to Turkey's state-run TRT television news.

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