That is the conclusion of Claire Berlinski, an American author and journalist based in Istanbul, on the Balyoz/Sledgehammer trial.
Berlinski, who has been following the case, visited the trial in Silivri and her judgment is clear-cut. She considers how the case would be handled in an American (or any impartial) court and imagines the dialogue that would/should take place:
Your honor, this hospital didn’t exist in 2003. We request this trial be dismissed.
Alas, the trial in Silivri has all the appearances of a sham, staged trial. Over the course of more than thirty court sessions, the defendants and their lawyers have documented countless evidence that points to the coup plans’ fraudulent nature — anachronisms, inconsistencies, fake handwriting – to no avail. The judges evince no interest in any of it. Amazingly (but tellingly), in their cross-examination they have not challenged the defendants on their claim that the coup documents are fabricated. Nor have they even probed these claims by further questioning.
It’s almost as if everyone agrees the case is based on fake evidence. A Berlinski puts it, “no one is even pretending anymore that this is a real trial with real rules.”
Yet the case continues: its scope has been broadened by further arrests – presumably to drag the trial on for even a longer time — and the great majority of the defendants remain in jail.