Former Turkey President & Coup Leader Dies at 97

Kenan Evren, the Turkish general who led a 1980 coup that ended years of violence but whose rule unleashed a wave of arrests, torture and extrajudicial killings, died on Saturday. He was 97. The ailing former general who later ruled as president for seven years, died at Ankara's GATA military hospital, the state-run Anadolu Agency reported, hours after he was placed on a respirator and his family was called to his side. Evren was hailed as a hero at the time of the coup for ending fighting between rightists and leftists that had left some 5,000 people dead and put the country on the brink of a civil war.