A trial where 224 defendants were tried for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt concluded Thursday when a court in the capital Ankara announced its final verdict, ONA reports citing Daily Sabah.
The Fourth High Criminal Court handed 16 defendants, including former Air Force Cmdr. Gen Akın Öztürk who led the "Peace at Home Council" that coordinated putschist soldiers across Turkey in the July 15, 2016 coup attempt, 141 aggravated life sentences. Generals Mehmet Dishli, Mehmet Partigoc, former chief adjutant of president Ali Yazıcı were among the defendants.
The defendants were accused of taking over the army's headquarters, the Office of the Chief of General Staff, and killing 251 people during the coup attempt by military infiltrators of the Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ). The trial started on May 22, 2017, in a high-security prison complex which includes a courtroom specifically set up for coup attempt suspects.
The Gülenist Terror Group (FETÖ) used its military infiltrators to overthrow the government in the summer of 2016. The coup attempt preceded a planned move to weed out FETÖ members in the military. Suspects in Akıncı and other trials were captured when the coup bid was foiled thanks to a strong and unprecedented public resistance.