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Turkey has sentenced 22 Ex-soldiers To Life In Prison For Their Roles In The 2016 Coup Attempt

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- Screenshot 20210407 161511 1 300x158 - Turkey has sentenced 22 Ex-soldiers To Life In Prison For Their Roles In The 2016 Coup AttemptTurkey has sentenced 22 ex-soldiers to life in prison for their roles in the 2016 coup attempt.

 

 

A Turkish court has sentenced 22 former soldiers to life in prison for their involvement in President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s 2016 ouster attempt.

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After a sweeping political crackdown, arrests, and investigations into the involvement of 497 former soldiers, including members of the presidential guard, the verdict was handed down on Wednesday, April 7.

Former lieutenant colonel Umit Gencer was accused of “violating the constitutional order” by having TRT television read out a “coup declaration,” according to a document obtained by AFP from one of the President’s lawyers.

According to state news agency Anadolu, the court also gave ex-major Fedakar Akca an aggravated life sentence for leading a team from the regiment to the general staff headquarters late at night.

Muhammet Tanju Poshor, a former colonel, was sentenced for ordering the occupation of the TRT house.

At the time, Osman Koltarla, another ex-major, was in charge of the presidential palace’s security. He was also given a life sentence by the judge.

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At the time, Osman Koltarla, another ex-major, was in charge of the presidential palace’s security. He was also given a life sentence by the judge.

After the death penalty was abolished in 2004, an aggravated life sentence was introduced to replace it.

Nearly five years after the cases were heard in the capital, the verdict was read out in the country’s largest courtroom, which was specially designed to hear coup trials at Sincan prison complex in Ankara province.

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The failed coup resulted in the deaths of 248 people, including 24 putschists who were killed that night.

Turkey suspects Fethullah Gulen, a US-based Muslim cleric, of masterminding the attempted coup, which he firmly denies.

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