Saturday 24 March 2018

Turkey coup leader Kenan Evren dies

Turkish general Kenan Evren has died aged 97 (AP)
Turkish general Kenan Evren has died aged 97 (AP)

Kenan Evren, the Turkish general who led a 1980 military coup which ended years of violence but whose rule unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, has died.

The state-run Anadolu Agency said he died in a military hospital in Ankara today. He was 97.

Evren was hailed a hero at the time of the coup for ending fighting that had left some 5,000 people dead and put the country on the brink of a civil war.

But he soon became one of the country's most controversial figures, remembered more for the torture of former militants and their supporters and for introducing a constitution that restricted freedoms and formalised the military's role in politics.

Last year, he was sentenced to life in prison for leading the coup.

Press Association

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