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Turkish court sentences 74 to aggravated life on coup charges

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A court in Ankara on Wednesday convicted 74 people of involvement in a coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016 and sentenced them to aggravated life, which carries no chance of parole.

According to media reports, the suspects, the majority of whom are soldiers, were accused on the basis of their activities on the night of the coup at the 4th Army Corps and 28th Mechanized Infantry Brigade.

The aggravated life sentences were handed down by the Ankara 20th High Criminal Court for attempts to undermine the constitutional order.

Turkey witnessed a bloody coup attempt in 2016 in which 249 civilians were killed. The government accuses the Gülen movement of orchestrating the abortive putsch and has purged hundreds of thousands of people from state jobs over real or perceived links to the movement.

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