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Besiktas fans from Carsi go on trial accused of coup attempt

Protesters, who are supporting soccer fans on trial, shout slogans and light flares outside a court in Istanbul

Thirty-five Besiktas fans went on trial on Tuesday accused of attempting to stage a coup during mass protests last year, in a case the opposition and rights groups say is an abuse of the justice system by a government bent on revenge. Prosecutors are seeking life sentences for all of them, from a supporters’ group of major Istanbul team Besiktas. …

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