Today, the Sledgehammer court handed down long prison sentences to more than 300 of the defendants. We will have a lot more to say about this in days to come, but for now we just want to say that we are not at all surprised. This decision crowns a sham trial with a sham verdict.
It has long been obvious that the court is fully aware that the coup plot documents are fabricated. Why else would it refuse to appoint experts to authenticate the evidence? Why would it ignore the technical reports submitted by the defense and by various branches of the military, or the countless anachronisms and physical impossibilities in the documents themselves? Why would it refuse to hear Aytac Yalman, whom the indictment claims prevented the coup (but whom the prosecutors, strangely enough, never questioned)?
No, the court is well aware of what it has done. It has sentenced hundreds of innocent people to jail terms knowing full well that the evidence against them is forged.
Today’s verdict has firmed up what the real verdict – history’s verdict – will be for this court.