ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — A Turkish court docket sentenced dozens of individuals, together with former troopers hooked up to the presidential guard regiment, to life imprisonment on Wednesday over their involvement within the 2016 failed coup try in opposition to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s authorities, the state-run Anadolu Company reported.
A complete of 497 defendants had been on trial since 2017 for trying to grab the navy headquarters in Ankara, occupying the headquarters of the state broadcaster TRT, and of forcing a tv broadcaster to learn out a press release on behalf of the coup-plotters.
The large trial was one in every of tons of of trials in opposition to suspected members of a community led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom Ankara accuses of orchestrating the failed try. Gulen, a former Erdogan ally, denies the accusation.
The court docket within the outskirts of Ankara sentenced 32 defendants to life, together with six who obtained aggravated life phrases with out the potential for parole, Anadolu reported.
Amongst these sentenced to the aggravated life time period is a former lieutenant colonel who compelled the anchorwoman to learn the assertion, a former colonel accused of giving the order for the takeover of the TRT constructing and a former main who led a workforce that tried to take over the navy headquarters, the company stated.
The court docket additionally sentenced one individual to 61 years in jail whereas 106 defendants obtained phrases starting from six to 16 years. Different defendants had been both acquitted or weren’t given jail phrases, Anadolu stated.
On July 15, 2016, factions throughout the Turkish navy used tanks, warplanes and helicopters in an try to overthrow Erdogan. Fighter jets bombed parliament and different spots in Turkey’s capital. Heeding a name by the president, 1000’s took to the streets to cease the coup.
A complete of 251 folks had been killed and round 2,200 others had been wounded. Round 35 alleged coup plotters had been additionally killed.
The federal government has designated Gulen’s community a terrorist group, one other declare he denies. He lives in the USA.
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