Relatives of detained military officers stage a protest in front of the Chief of Staff Headquarters in Ankara October 9, 2013. Turkey's appeals court upheld convictions on Wednesday of top retired ... more 
Relatives of detained military officers stage a protest in front of the Chief of Staff Headquarters in Ankara October 9, 2013. Turkey's appeals court upheld convictions on Wednesday of top retired military officers for leading a plot to overthrow Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan's government a decade ago in a case underlining civilian dominance over a once all-powerful army. The court overturned convictions of dozens of less prominent defendants among more than 300 officers sentenced last September in the "Sledgehammer" conspiracy, said to have included plans to bomb mosques in Istanbul to pave the way for an army takeover. The placard reads, "Actually we are aware that you are judging Ataturk", referring to Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of modern Turkey. REUTERS/Umit Bektas (TURKEY - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW MILITARY CIVIL UNREST) less 
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Wed, Oct 9, 2013 6:06 AM EDT