ISTANBUL (AP) — Some 275 people — including military officers, politicians and journalists — are facing verdicts in a landmark trial in Turkey over an alleged conspiracy to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's government.
The Monday ruling will cap a five-year trial that has fueled tensions between Erdogan's Islamic-oriented AKP party and the country's secular elite.
The defendants are accused of plotting high-profile attacks that prosecutors said were aimed at sowing chaos to prepare the way for a military coup.
The prosecutions have helped Erdogan's government reshape Turkey's military and assert civilian control in a country that has seen three military coups since 1960. Critics say the prosecutions are aimed at silencing Erdogan's opponents.