Wednesday, January 20

Turkey: 27 people sentenced to life in prison in a failed coup maxi-trial

These people were found guilty in particular of “attempt to overthrow the constitutional order“, from “attempted assassination of the president” and D'”intentional homicides“, according to an AFP journalist.

Those convicted include pilots who bombed several iconic sites in the capital Ankara, such as Parliament, and officers who led the coup from the Akinci military base.

Four civilians, including businessman Kemal Batmaz, were each sentenced to 79 aggravated life sentences.

The sentence of life imprisonment “aggravated“, which includes stricter conditions of detention, replaced in the Turkish legal arsenal the death penalty abolished in 2004.

A total of 475 people were on trial in this trial, which is considered to be the main proceedings concerning the failed putsch from July 15 to 16, 2016.

The fate of the other defendants was not yet known, but the court was due to announce its decision on Thursday.

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

Since the abortive coup, the authorities have relentlessly tracked down Mr. Gülen’s supporters 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 functions.

The waves of arrests continue to this day, although their pace has become less intense five years after the attempted coup.

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 in connection with the coup attempt have already been completed, while 10 others are continuing.

Courts have so far convicted more than 4,100 people, imposing life sentences on more than 2,500 of them, according to official figures.





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