Ankara, Turkey-Turkish court sentenced dozens of people, including former soldiers in the presidential guard, to life imprisonment for involvement in the 2016 attempted coup d’etat against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government. The state-run Anadolu Agency reported that it had done so. ..
Since 2017, a total of 497 defendants have been tried for seizing Ankara’s military headquarters, occupying the headquarters of the state-owned broadcaster TRT, and having the television station read a statement on behalf of the coup.
The large trial was one of hundreds of trials against suspicious members of a network led by US-based priest Fethullah Gülen, who accused Ankara of organizing a failed attempt. Former Erdogan ally Glenn has denied the accusation.
Anador reported that a court in the suburbs of Ankara sentenced 38 defendants to death, including six who received a worsened life without the possibility of parole.
Among those sentenced to life imprisonment are a former lieutenant colonel who had Anchor Woman read a statement, a former lieutenant colonel who was accused of ordering the takeover of the TRT building, and a former major who led a team that tried to take over. Headquarters, agency said.
The court also sentenced one to 61 years in prison, but 106 defendants were sentenced to a term ranging from 6 to 16 years. Other defendants were acquitted or not sentenced to imprisonment, Anador said.
On July 15, 2016, factions within the Turkish army used tanks, military aircraft, and helicopters to defeat Erdogan. Fighters bombed the Turkish capital parliament and elsewhere. Thousands went out to the streets to stop the coup, listening to the president’s call.
A total of 251 people were killed and about 2,200 were injured. About 35 coup suspects were also killed.
The government has designated Glen’s network as a terrorist group, another claim he denies. He lives in the United States.