Today, Wednesday, a Turkish court issued 92 life sentences for people, including a number of former senior army officers, according to “Reuters“, citing the Turkish “Anadolu” agency.
The Turkish agency pointed out that “the court ruled these rulings because of the defendants’ roles in the failed coup attempt in 2016,” stressing that “life sentences without the right to pardon were passed on 12 defendants, including commanders of the ground forces.”
Last month, the court ruled separate prison terms for the leaders of the coup attempt, in which Ankara blamed supporters of the opposition cleric, Fethullah Gulen, who resides in the United States, while Gulen denies any role in the attempted coup.
According to “Anadolu Agency”, the Turkish Interior Minister, Suleiman Soylu, said that “292 thousand people were arrested for their links to Gulen, of whom about 100 thousand are awaiting trial.”
It is worth noting that an attempt to overthrow the Turkish government on July 15, 2016, killed more than 250 people, as rebel military commanded fighter jets, helicopters, and tanks, and sought to control key state institutions, according to Reuters.
The agency stated that the authorities have isolated about 150,000 government employees or suspended them from work, since the attempted coup, and the courts have issued more than 2,500 life sentences for people related to the coup, and the Ministry of Defense indicated that 20,833 soldiers were expelled from the army.