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Turkey Coup Trial Evidence Was Fake, Vatan Says, Citing Report

March 29, 2012

Turkish prosecutors presented faked evidence of an alleged coup plot to overthrow Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government, Vatan reported, citing expert findings submitted to court.

Computer documents presented during the trial could not have been created on the dates alleged by the prosecution, an expert panel from Istanbul’s Yildiz Technical University said, confirming a report prepared by Chelsea, Massachusetts-based Arsenal Consulting on behalf of the defendants, Vatan said.

At least 80 documents dated 2003 had “xml” file extensions, which didn’t exist until 2007, and many of them were written in the Calibri font, which was developed in 2004 and not made available until 2007, the university report found, according to Vatan. Other inconsistencies include personnel lists from 2003 that reflected officers’ ranks in 2007, it said.

More than 150 soldiers including retired General Cetin Dogan are charged with planning to trigger civil unrest and remove Erdogan’s party from power after it won elections in November 2002. Dogan and other suspects deny the charges.

To contact the reporter on this story: Emre Peker in Ankara at epeker2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net


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