A Turkish court has ordered the release of 230 military officers jailed for plotting to overthrow the government back in 2003.
The Istanbul court ruled that their long jail sentences be suspended until the officers can face a re-trial requested by the prosecution. The verdict by the Constitutional Court said there were reasons to doubt the evidence and witness accounts used in the highly publicized trial. This came a day after Turkey's highest court ruled that the officers' rights had been violated during their trial in 2012. The officers were accused of planning to bomb mosques and provoke civil unrest in order to justify military intervention. Rights groups have criticized the 2012 trial, arguing it was an attempt by the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan to tame the army.