In Turkey, 38 veterans have been sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in the failed coup against President Erdogan in 2016. Among the criminals was a former lieutenant colonel who made a statement about the coup on Turkish TV channels.
The six criminals were sentenced to life imprisonment and there was no chance of early release. They must serve their sentences in prisons with strict regimes.
In previous trials, more than 2,500 Turkish soldiers and civilians were sentenced to life imprisonment for participating in the failed coup. Since 2016, tens of thousands of people in Turkey have been imprisoned for being involved in the movement of the Islamic missionary Fethullah Gülen, which was accused by President Erdogan of being behind the failed coup. .
An estimated 130,000 people were expelled from the government because of their relationship with Gulun. The clergy who fled to the United States denied participating in the coup attempt.
Human rights groups and Turkey’s Western allies are extremely critical of the so-called Gülen supporters’ approach in Turkey, which is wiping out the president’s political opponents. The Turkish government insists that the tracing of clergy is necessary for national security.
Several lawsuits related to the coup are still pending in Turkey, killing more than 250 people.
In this video, you can see what happened from July 15th to 16th, 2016: