A number of former military personnel have been sentenced to prison terms in Turkey. The mammoth trial of the 2016 coup attempt continues.
ANKARA afp | A court in Ankara province on Wednesday sentenced 32 former military personnel to life imprisonment for their involvement in the failed coup attempt against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in July 2016. That said a lawyer for the Turkish presidential office of the AFP news agency. The verdicts are part of a mammoth trial against 497 suspects for the attempted coup, many of whom were part of the presidential guard during their military careers.
The official news agency Anadolu had initially only reported on the sentencing of four ex-soldiers to life imprisonment. Accordingly, the defendants were found guilty, among other things, of attempting to break the constitutional order and kill the head of state.
According to Anadolu, the prosecution charged the defendants with forcing journalists from the state broadcaster TRT to spread a message about the coup plotters. A total of 248 people were killed in the attempted coup in mid-July 2015, including 24 insurgents. The Turkish government blames the movement of the Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen for the attempted coup. He has lived in exile in the US since 1999 and denies the allegations.
Tens of thousands of people have been arrested since 2016 for alleged links to the Gülen movement. More than 100,000 people have been dismissed from civil service by the Turkish government on similar grounds. The persecution continues today.