- Title: Turkey begins trial of senior generals accused of leading failed coup
- Date: 1st August 2017
- Summary: SINCAN, TURKEY (AUGUST 1, 2017) (REUTERS) PROTESTERS CHANTING "We want death penalty" (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PROTESTER, MUSTAFA SAGLIK, WHO WAS WOUNDED IN CLASHES DURING THE FAILED COUP, SAYING: "We have confidence in judiciary. Hopefully, they will be sentenced to heaviest punishment. They will be sentenced to life in prison and I want them to be hanged once the death penalty is introduced. There is no other way." CROWDS CHANTING SLOGANS PROTESTERS HOLDING UP MOCK-UPS WITH ORANGE JUMPERS (SOUNDBITE) (Turkish) TURKISH PROTESTER, MUSTAFA SAGLIK, SAYING: "I expect divine justice from the court. I want a new law to be enacted so they can get the necessary punishment and sentenced to death penalty." NOOSE ON GROUND
- Embargoed: 15th August 2017 12:00
- Keywords: Turkey coup trial court protests Turkey failed coup
- Location: SINCAN, TURKEY
- City: SINCAN, TURKEY
- Country: Turkey
- Topics: Crime/Law/Justice,Judicial Process/Court Cases/Court Decisions
- Reuters ID: LVA0026SBS3LZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Turkey started trying on Tuesday (August 1) nearly 500 suspects, including generals and military pilots, accused of leading last year's failed coup attempt and carrying out attacks from an air base in the capital Ankara.
A group of 41 defendants was paraded from their jail to a courthouse built especially at a prison complex to try the coup plotters. A total of 461 defendants are behind bars while 18 were freed pending the outcome of the trial.
Seven others, including U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whom the government blames for the coup and an alleged top operative in his movement, are still wanted by the Turkish authorities and are being tried in absentia.
Families of those killed or wounded during the coup attempt protested outside the courthouse, some throwing ropes toward the defendants demanding that the death penalty be reinstated and that they be hanged.
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