They were found guilty of breach of the Constitution, “attempted assassination of the president” and manslaughter, according to court documents. 60 other defendants received prison sentences in the mammoth trial, there were 75 acquittals.
According to official Turkish information, more than 250 people were killed in the attempted coup in July 2016. 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; he denies the allegations.
After the attempted coup, the Turkish government drastically tightened its crackdown on the opposition. Hundreds of lawsuits have been launched across the country. Tens of thousands of people were arrested and tens of thousands of civil servants dismissed.