Following last year’s failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdoganin of Turkey, almost 500 persons accused of involvement have gone on trial.

The mass trial, kicked off today August 1, at a purpose-built courtroom outside Ankara.

Many of the 486 suspects face life terms in prison for crimes that include murder and attempt to assassinate Erdogan.

The case centers around the Akinci air base, northwest of the capital, which the government says the coup plotters used as their headquarters.

U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government accuses of orchestrating the coup, has been named as the main defendant in the case and will be tried in absentia. He rejects the charges and denies any involvement in the coup attempt.

The trial is one of dozens that are under way in Turkey in relation to the failed putsch that resulted in about 250 deaths in July 2016.


02 August, 2017


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