40 sentenced to life in prison in Turkey

40 sentenced to life in prison in Turkey”

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will pay an official visit to Ukraine on 9 October to participate in the meeting of the Supreme strategic Council between Turkey and Ukraine.

The judge also decided that 34 of them will receive aggravated life sentences, which is the worst punishment sanctioned by Turkish law and significantly reduces their chance of parole.

The court handed down life sentences to 40 of the defendants.

The coup was beaten back, but 250 people were killed, more than 2,000 injured and the country's parliament was bombed in a traumatic episode that Turkey has yet to come to terms with. "We are just the grass that elephants trampled on during their fight".

More than 240 people were killed on the night of July 15 a year ago, when putschists commandeered tanks, warplanes and helicopters, attacking parliament and attempting to overthrow the government.

A total of 46 suspects - 37 of them former military personnel - have been on trial since February in the city of Mugla accused of attempted assassination, violation of the constitution and other crimes against the state during the July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

"Had these putschists succeeded that night in the attack against our president, history would have changed, we would be living in a different Turkey now", Huseyin Aydin told Reuters. "If our president were to present us with a choice, we'd all agree to it". The placard reads: 'We want execution!'.

The plot was followed by wide-ranging crackdown that has led to tens of thousands of people being imprisoned or dismissed from their jobs in the judiciary, civil service, military, police, media and academia, a purge that has gone beyond the alleged coup plotters to encompass dissidents of all stripes.

The government blames the network of Gulen, a former ally of Erdogan, for orchestrating the failed coup.

Among those convicted were thirty-one defendants, including senior military officers, who were each given four life sentences at Wednesday's major trial of rogue soldiers. Most of the defendants were soldiers.

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