A criminal court in Turkey released Monday three prominent detainees who were convicted in a long-running coup trial called "Ergenekon", after the constitutional court ruled that their ongoing detention violates their rights.
An Istanbul High Criminal Court ordered the release of Turkish journalist; Tuncay Ozkan, a gang leader with alleged links to the 'deep state'; Sedat Peker and a retired Turkish army colonel; Levent Goktas.
The Ergenekon case was filed six years ago against 275 people, including military officers, politicians and journalists over a conspiracy to overthrow incumbent AK Party government.
Ozkan was sentenced last August to a total of life imprisonment while Peker was due to serve 10 years and Goktas, more than 23 years.
The decision comes after another Ergenekon detainee, Ilker Basbug, Turkish army's former chief, was released Friday when the constitutional court ruled his imprisonment a breach of his rights.
He had been convicted of attempting to overthrow the government and sentenced to life in prison. He was in prison for more than two years.
Earlier in the day, another criminal court had rejected an appeal for the release of 33 prominent detainees of the case, including the three released.
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