Lifelong prison sentences for leading and executing a coup attempt in Turkey in 2016

The Turkish court on Thursday sentenced 27 people to life imprisonment for the failed coup in 2016. The convicts have been found guilty of leading and carrying out the coup attempt, the Turkish state news agency reports. Anatolia.

Trial against other suspects still underway

The convicts were army officers and pilots. Anatolia and other media reports that four civilians, including a businessman, have also been sentenced to 79 life terms each.

More than 250 people were killed in the attempt to overthrow the government on July 15, 2016, with the insurgent military deploying warplanes, helicopters and tanks to take control of key state institutions.

The former officers and pilots worked at the air base near the capital Ankara. The court finds her guilty of leading the coup d’état and bombing government buildings, including parliament. They also allegedly tried to assassinate President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

The life sentences are under aggravated circumstances. This means that the detention must be undergone in a more severe detention regime.

A total of 475 people are being tried in this trial, which is considered the main trial of the failed coup. The fate of the other suspects is not yet known. The court would also rule on this on Thursday.

The trial is the most startling of the dozens of lawsuits against thousands of people accused of involvement in the coup attempt. Ankara says supporters of United States-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen are behind the coup.

The 79-year-old cleric, who was once an ally of Erdogan and who has denied any role in the coup, is one of six suspects tried in absentia. A total of 475 people were tried, of whom 365 are in custody.

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