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US News Putsch missed in Turkey: 337 people sentenced to life imprisonment

15:00  26 november  2020
15:00  26 november  2020 Source:   france24.com

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Four years after the attempted putch against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, 337 people, including Air Force officers and pilots, were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ankara court.

An Ankara court on Thursday, November 26, sentenced 337 people, including air force officers and pilots, to life imprisonment after the main trial in connection with an attempted coup that targeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in 2016 .

In addition, 60 people were sentenced to various prison terms and 75 acquitted, according to a summary of the verdict obtained by AFP.

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A Turkish court on Monday sentenced 104 people to life in prison for involvement in a failed military coup in 2016, Reuters reported quoting Hurriyet. The court in the Aegean coastal town of Izmir handed 104 of 280 defendants “aggravated life ” sentences , Hurriyet said

Nearly 500 people were tried in this gigantic trial.

From the United States, Fethullah Gülen denies any involvement

Those convicted include pilots who bombed several iconic sites in the capital Ankara, such as Parliament, and officers and civilians who have led the coup since the Akinci military base on the night of July 15-16, 2016.

Most of these people were sentenced to "aggravated" life imprisonment. This includes stricter conditions of detention and replaced in the Turkish legal arsenal the death penalty abolished in 2004.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan accuses the preacher Fethullah Gülen of having hatched the attempted coup. Former ally of the Turkish president who resides in the United States, Fethullah Gülen denies any involvement.

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Indefinite sentences besides life imprisonment and aggravated life imprisonment do not exist in Turkey , although life imprisonment in Turkey is The Law 5275 on the Execution of Sentences [5] provides that prisoners sentenced to aggravated life imprisonment are held in rooms for one person

Eight senior military men were sentenced to life imprisonment in Turkey on charges of preparing an unsuccessful coup attempt in July 2016, Anadolu reported. Former generals and high-ranking convicts were convicted of trying to violate Turkey ’s constitutional order.

Other ongoing trials

Since the abortive coup, the authorities have relentlessly tracked down supporters of Fethullah Gülen and have unleashed purges on a scale unprecedented in modern Turkish history.

Several tens of thousands of people have been arrested and more than 140,000 dismissed or suspended from their duties.

The waves of arrests continue to this day, although their pace is now less intense.

Other trials, with an even larger number of defendants, are ongoing. More than 520 people are thus tried in a trial related to the activities of the presidential guard during the night of the failed coup.

No less than 289 trials related to the coup attempt have already been completed , while ten others are continuing. Courts have so far convicted nearly 4,500 people, imposing life sentences on nearly 3,000 of them, according to official figures.

With AFP

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