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First Istanbul trial begins for Turkey coup suspects

By AFP   |   27 December 2016   |   10:33 am
Turkish special force soldiers stand guard at the courthouse on December 27, 2016 at silivri district in Istanbul. Almost 30 Turkish police will go on trial in Istanbul on December 27, 2016 charged with involvement in the July 15 coup bid, the city's first trial of alleged putschists. With indictments prepared against over 1,200 people, and some 41,000 under arrest in total, the trials following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to be the most far-reaching legal process in Turkish history. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Turkish special force soldiers stand guard at the courthouse on December 27, 2016 at silivri district in Istanbul.<br />Almost 30 Turkish police will go on trial in Istanbul on December 27, 2016 charged with involvement in the July 15 coup bid, the city’s first trial of alleged putschists. With indictments prepared against over 1,200 people, and some 41,000 under arrest in total, the trials following the failed coup against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan are set to be the most far-reaching legal process in Turkish history. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE

Twenty-nine Turkish police officers went on trial in Istanbul on Tuesday accused of involvement in the July 15 failed coup, the first trial of the alleged putschists to open in the city.

The suspects, 24 of whom are under arrest, went on trial at the gigantic courthouse by Silivri prison outside Istanbul, the state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The first hearings are expected to last four days and the session began with the reading out of the names of the accused as well as the indictment. This was expected to be followed by arguments for the defence.


The suspects are charged with refusing to obey orders to protect President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the night of the coup.

If convicted, 21 suspects each face three life sentences and the other eight officers could be handed prison terms of between seven-and-a-half and 15 years.

Five months after the coup, small-scale trials of suspects have already began in the provinces but this is by far the most significant process to begin so far.




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