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World Turkey: Life Prison for 22 former military linked with the Putsch missed

18:35  07 april  2021
18:35  07 april  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Turquie: prison à vie pour 22 ex-militaires en lien avec le putsch manqué © provided by the point

V INGT-two former Turkish military have been sentenced to life on Wednesday after being convicted of having been convicted of Played a leading role in the 2016 misspecies against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan , which was followed by extensive purges within the armed forces.

The former military sentencers are part of 497 suspects judged in a court of Ankara in connection with the aborted blow and a majority of whom served during their career in the presidential guard.

The Anadolu State Agency first reported four life convictions only but a Turkish presidency lawyer indicated to the AFP at the end of the hearing that 22 former military in total had been sentenced to prison sentences.

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The suspects were found guilty of several charges, including attempted reversal of the constitutional order.

The parquet has also reproached them for having led a raid against the TRT public channel and forcing the journalists to broadcast the Putschist communiqué, as well as to have attacked the headquarters of the Major State.

In November, 337 people, including officers and pilots, had been sentenced to the prison for life at the end of the main trial in connection with this attempt at a shot, conducted on July 15, 2016.

among the convicted persons, included in particular Pilots who bombed several iconic sites of the capital Ankara, as Parliament, and officers and civilians who have led the coup de force from Akinci's military base.

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In addition, 60 people had been sentenced to various prison sentences and 75 acquitted, after a trial at almost 500 accused.

Purges

The attempt at coup officially made 251 dead, out of putschists, and more than 2,000 wounded. This event, which traumped the

Turkey , gave rise to large purges and conducted President Erdogan to expand his powers.

Ankara accuses the preacher

Fethullah Gülen to have tight the attempt of putsch. Mr. Gülen, a former alloy of the Turkish President who resides in the United States , denies any involvement.

On the night of 15 to 16 July 2016, Ankara was the scene of particularly violent actions on the part of the putschists.

Bombs dropped by F16 targeted the National Assembly three times, as well as roads around the presidential palace and the seats of the special forces and the police.

The bombings made 68 dead and more than 200 wounded in the capital. Nine civilians were killed during an attempt to resistance to the putschists at the entrance of the Akinci base.

From the aborted putsch, the authorities tirelessly track Mr. Gülen's supporters and triggered purges of unprecedented magnitude in the modern history of Turkey. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested and more than 140,000 limited or suspended from their duties.

The waves of arrests continue to date, although their pace has become less intense five years after the attempt as a blow.

No less than 290 trials related to the Attempt of Putsch have already completed as at least eight others continue.

The courts have so far condemned nearly 4,500 people, imposing life sentences at nearly 3,000 of them, according to official figures.

07/04/2021 13:33:15 - Ankara (AFP) - © 2021 AFP

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