40 Jailed For Life Over Failed Coup Attempt To Kill Turkey’s President [Photos]

40 people have been jailed for life for plotting to assassinate Turkey’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a luxury hotel in last year’s failed coup.

The President was staying in the holiday resort of Marmaris with his family on July 15, 2016, when rebels launched a bid to take over the country’s military. About 46 people have been on trial for the alleged assassination plot since February and most were ex-soldiers from the Turkish special forces who were accused of launching an operation at the hotel where Mr. Erdogan was on holiday.

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The Turkish government blamed the coup on the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen who is facing trial. But he responded by condemning the coup attempt and denied he was involved.

The court in Mulga, on Tuesday, October 3 handed down life prison terms to 40 of the defendants. One defendant, a former lieutenant-colonel, was acquitted, while two others, including Erdogan’s former military aide, were sentenced to 18 and 15 years in prison.

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Although state-run Anadolu Agency reports that the defendants denied the charges against them with some complaining of an unfair trial while making their final statements before the verdicts were delivered.

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