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2016 attempted coup: 92 defendants have condemned by a Turkish trial


A state-owned Anadolu news agency stated that a Turkish court convicted Wednesday 92 persons, including former high-ranking army officials, to life in prison for their implication in the 2016 tried coup.

In the attempt to overthrow the government on July 15, 2016, more than 250 people were killed when rogue soldiers seized warplanes, helicopters, and tanks and tried to control fundamental state institutions.

Anadolu reported that 12 defendants, including some department heads of the land forces, were sentenced to life. Otherwise, a court gave last month separate prison judgments to leaders of the tried coup, in which supporters of the US-based Muslim preacher, Fethullah Gulen, were blamed by Ankara that refused to have any role in that attempt.

Anadolu quoted what the Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that some 292,000 people have been arrested with claims having links to Gulen; almost 100,000 of them imprisoned pending court.

Otherwise, some 150,000 civil employers were discharged or suspended after the attempted coup. Whereas, trials sentenced more than 2,500 with life judgments. The defense ministry-related that 20,833 people were excluded from the military.

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