Turkey coup 500 on trial

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NEARLY 500 sus­pects, in­clud­ing gen­er­als and mil­i­tary pi­lots, have gone on trial in Turkey ac­cused of lead­ing last year’s failed coup at­tempt and car­ry­ing out at­tacks from an air base in Ankara.

U.S-based cleric Fethul­lah Gulen, who the gov­ern­ment blames for the coup, has been named as the main de­fen­dant in the case and will be tried in ab­sen­tia.

For­mer air force com­man­der Akin Oz­turk and other de­fen­dants are ac­cused of di­rect­ing the coup and bomb­ing key gov­ern­ment build­ings.

They face life terms if found guilty.

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