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Turkey sentences 104 former military to life in prison for coup

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Turkish soldiers stand guard at the entrance of the Aliaga court and prison complex, near Izmir

A Turkish court has sentenced 104 former military officers to life in prison for their involvement in a 2016 coup attempt, state media report.

British public broadcaster BBC reported citing Turkish state news agency Anadolu that the court in Izmir also sentenced 21 people 20 years in prison for «assisting the assassination of the president», while 31 others were sentenced to between seven and 11 years for «membership of a terrorist organisation», state news agency Anadolu reported.

Of the 280 ex-military people on trial, the court also served lesser sentences to a further 52 defendants.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had previously stated he supported reintroducing the death penalty in Turkey for coup plotters.

The failed coup to overthrow President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan left at least 260 dead and 2,200 injured on 15 July 2016 and the Turkish government has since conducted a crackdown on alleged coup supporters, with the sacking of more than 150,000 state employees and the arrest of some 50,000 people.


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