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Turkish Court Orders Release of Jailed General

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FILE - A person holds photos of Ilker Basbug, former Chief of Staff, as family members of jailed Turkish army officers, accused of coup plot, demonstrate in Ankara.
A Turkish high court has ordered the release of a former army chief serving a life prison sentence for plotting to topple Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Ilker Basbug was freed Friday - a day after it was ruled a lower court violated his rights by failing to publish a detailed explanation of the verdict last August.

More than 200 other people were also charged with plotting against the government.

The prime minister's critics say the charges were fabricated by his Islamist-rooted party in a bid to curb the military's role in politics.