MASS TRIAL IN TURKEY OVER STREET PROTESTS

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ISTANBUL: More than 250 people, including seven foreigners, went on trial in Turkey on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) over mass anti-government protests that rocked the country last year. The 255 suspects face a range of charges including violating laws on demonstrations, damaging a place of worship, and injuring civil servants. The defendants face up to 12 years in prison if convicted, Abdullah Onur Eyuboglu, one of the defense lawyers told Agence France-Presse, adding it was unlikely any of them would be given jail sentences. He said the indictment was “deeply flawed, vague and one-size-fits-all,” with all suspects facing the same charges even though the alleged offences took place on different days. The nationalities of the foreigners were not disclosed.

AFP

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