A Turkish court sentenced dozens of people, including former soldiers trapped in the president’s garrison, to life imprisonment on Wednesday for engaging in a failed 2016 coup attempt against the government. Of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Anadolu state agency reported.
A total of 497 defendants have been tried since 2017 for attempting to seize the military headquarters in Ankara, occupy the state-run TRT television headquarters, and force television broadcasters to read statements on behalf of the coup planners.
The grand trial is one of hundreds of trials against suspected members of the network led by US clergyman Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accused of tackling the failed attempt.Erdogan̵7;s ex-ally Gulen denied the allegations.
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A court in the Ankara suburbs jailed 32 defendants, including six who suffered more severe life conditions without parole, Anadolu reported.
Among those convicted of the worse in life were the former colonel who forced a female anchor to read the statement, the former colonel accused of ordering the TRT building and the former major who led the team trying to enter. Occupy Military headquarters said the agency.
The court also sentenced one person to 61 years, while 106 defendants served six to 16 years in prison, the other defendants were acquitted or were not sentenced to prison terms, Anadolu said.
On 15 July 2016, groups within the Turkish Army used tanks, warplanes and helicopters to try to overthrow Erdogans. Fighter planes bombed Parliament and other spots in the Turkish capital. Heeding the president’s call, thousands of people hit the streets to stop the coup.
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A total of 251 people were killed and an estimated 2,200 were injured. About 35 of those accused of the coup were also killed.
The government has designated Gulen’s network as another terrorist group, a claim he has denied. He lives in the united states