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Police, protesters collide outside courthouse near Istanbul

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Police push back hundreds of protesters trying to enter a courthouse where prosecutors are scheduled to deliver final arguments in the case against hundreds of people accused of plotting to overturn the Islamic-leaning government, in Silivri near Istanbul on Thursday.

A verdict in the four-year long case involving 275 defendants, including Turkey's former military chief Ilker Basbug and other army officers as well as lawyers, academics and journalists, is expected in the coming weeks. The defendants face dozens of charges, ranging from membership in an underground "terrorist organisation" to instigating an armed uprising against the Justice and Development Party which came to power in 2002.

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