Turkish Court Jails 74 Officers for Life Over Failed Coup – Reports

© REUTERS / Kenan GurbuzZekeriya Kuzu, one of the main suspects accused of attempting to assassinate Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the failed last year's July 15 coup, and the other soldiers are escorted by Turkish gendarmes as they arrive for the first hearing of the trial in Mugla, Turkey, February 20, 2017
Zekeriya Kuzu, one of the main suspects accused of attempting to assassinate Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the failed last year's July 15 coup, and the other soldiers are escorted by Turkish gendarmes as they arrive for the first hearing of the trial in Mugla, Turkey, February 20, 2017 - Sputnik International
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ANKARA (Sputnik) - A court in Ankara has sentenced 74 officers to life in prison for their role in the 2016 coup attempt to depose the Turkish president, the Anadolu news agency said Wednesday.

A judicial source told Anadolu that Ankara-based officers from an army corps and a mechanized infantry brigade were convicted of trying to overthrow the constitutional order.

Another 189 suspects face the same charges and will be tried separately, the publication said.

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The Turkish government maintains they are part of a network run by cleric Fethullah Gulen, who Ankara blames for the July 2016 military putsch. It killed 251 people and injured thousands of others.

Around 80,000 people, including officials, journalists and military staff, have reportedly been arrested in the country over their alleged links to Gulen since the coup attempt.

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