General Kenan Evren, the 7th Turkish president (1982-1989) is standing a trial for "attempting to dissolve the Parliament of the Turkish Republic through use of force" and "attempting to overthrow the government through use of force."
After the coup, five army generals including Evren and Tahsin Şahinkaya seized power in 1980.
Only the last two are alive today and the prosecution in the trails has requested double life sentences for each one of them.
Turkey has been under military coups during 1960, 1970 and 1980. Nevertheless, the political influence of the military has been reduced since Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan took office in 2002.
In 1982 junta-made constitution allowed the former generals to be exempted from a trial.
In 2010, the government made amendments and passed a referendum in order to remove the 1982 trial exemptions for the suspects of the military takeover.
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