Turkish court sentenced suspects to life in jail over a 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan government. The update is announced by state-run Anadolu News Agency.
Anadolu Reported, 25 F-16 pilots were given aggravated life sentences while four civilians were each given 79 life sentences. The series of cases that began in 2017 to try accused in the court of law for failed 2016 coup in left at least 250 dead and more than 2,000 people injured.
What happened in 2016 coup?
As per Turkey Government, a movement loyal to the Muslim cleric, Fethullah Gulen, was the mastermind of the 2016 plot. Gulen, a Muslim preacher who was once an Erdogan ally, has lived in exile in the United States since 1999.
Although muslim cleric has delined all allegations and any involvement in this failed coup. Ankara brands his group a terrorist organisation, but Washington says it will not extradite him.
Rebel soldiers had attempted to overthrow the government overnight and plotters tried to detain Erdogan as he holidayed in an Aegean resort. However, he had left 15 minutes before and the coup was thwarted by civilians and soldiers loyal to the president.
The trial was the highest profile of dozens of court cases targeting thousands of people accused of involvement in the coup attempt, which Ankara blamed on supporters of the U.S.-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen.
Former air force commander Akin Ozturk and others at the Akinci air base near Ankara were accused of directing the coup and bombing government buildings, including parliament, and attempting to kill Erdogan.
Four ringleaders, dubbed “civilian imams” over ties to Gulen’s network, were given 79 aggravated life sentences for charges of attempting to assassinate the president, murder, and seeking to overthrow the constitutional order, state-owned Anadolu news agency stated.
F-16 warplane pilots were also among those given aggravated life sentences – the severest punishment in Turkish courts – meaning there is no possibility of parole.