29 po­lice of­fi­cers in court for coup trial

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IS­TAN­BUL | Twenty-nine Turk­ish for­mer po­lice of­fi­cers went on trial on Tues­day ac­cused of aid­ing the failed military coup in July — the first trial in Is­tan­bul over the at­tempt that led to some 270 deaths.

Rene­gade of­fi­cers in Turkey’s military used tanks, fighter jets and he­li­copters in their July 15 at­tempt to un­seat the gov­ern­ment, at­tack­ing the par­lia­ment and other key build­ings. Turkey blamed it on a net­work of fol­low­ers of the U.S.based Mus­lim cleric Fethul­lah Gulen — an ally turned foe of Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan.

Mr. Gulen, whom Turkey wants ex­tra­dited from the United States so that he may also face trial, has de­nied any in­volve­ment in the coup.

The gov­ern­ment de­clared a state of emer­gency fol­low­ing the coup and has launched a large-scale crack­down against Mr. Gulen’s move­ment, which it has de­clared a ter­ror or­ga­ni­za­tion. More than 40,000 peo­ple have been ar­rested for al­leged in­volve­ment in the coup while tens of thou­sands of other sus­pected Gulen fol­low­ers have been purged from gov­ern­ment jobs.

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