Trial opens against former Turkish military chief for ouster of Islamic government in 1997

Turkey's former military chief and 102 other people have gone on trial for their alleged involvement in ousting an Islamic-led government in 1997.

Retired Gen. Ismail Hakki Karadayi, 81, and other former military officials face life in prison if convicted of taking part in a campaign that forced former Prime Minister Necmettin Erbakan to resign.

The proceedings began Monday and are expected to last several months.

The ouster was dubbed Turkey's "post-modern coup" because unlike previous coups in Turkey, no tanks or soldiers were used.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Islamic-rooted government has curtailed the military's powers and generals are being made to account for past interventions.

Last year, dozens of military officers were convicted of involvement in a plot to topple Erdogan in 2003.