Turkish Ex-army Chief on Trial for 1997 Coup

ISTANBUL - Turkey's former military chief and 102 other people have gone on trial for their alleged involvement in ousting an Islamic-led government in 1997.

Retired Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi, 81, and other former military officials face life in prison if convicted of taking part in a campaign that forced former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to resign.

The proceedings began Monday and are expected to last several months.

The ouster was dubbed Turkey's "post-modern coup" because unlike previous coups in Turkey, no tanks or soldiers were used.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government has curtailed the military's powers and generals are being made to account for past interventions.

Last year, dozens of military officers were convicted of involvement in a plot to topple Erdogan in 2003.

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