There are a lot of people willing to give anything a pass if it’s done democratically, or by a democracy.
This is a mistake: never forget that Hitler won popular elections.
The newest example of this is that the democratically elected government of Turkey, and the country’s legacy media, concocted a fake coup to discredit the military, and presumably to take some people out of circulation indefinitely and provide some “it’s always been done this way” cover for introducing totalitarian practices.
Ten days ago the prisoners were released, although they will still stand a retrial in a country that has already tried to screw them.
The whole thing was uncovered, mostly, by the wife of Harvard macroeconomist Dani Rodrik. Here’s the PDF description of the whole situation, from their side.
Via Tim Worstall.