Turkey has put nearly 500 people — including generals and pilots — on trial on charges of leading last year’s failed coup, parading dozens of the men into a courthouse publicly as protesters threw stones and shouted “murderers!”
The trial is part of a post-coup crackdown that has imprisoned 50,000 people and seen another 110,000 fired from their government jobs.
Many of the suspects at Tuesday’s trial face life in prison for crimes including murder and attempting to overthrow the Government.
The main defendant in the case is being tried in absentia, US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the Turkish Government blames for the deadly July 15, 2016 coup. He has denied involvement.
The other defendants include generals and fighter jet pilots at the Akinci air base, on the outskirts of Ankara, the capital, who are accused of directing the coup and bombing key government buildings, including the parliament.
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