A Turkish court sentenced 22 former soldiers to life in prison on Wednesday for their involvement in the failed 2016 coup attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
An Ankara court investigated the involvement of 497 former soldiers, including members of the presidential guard, in its latest mass trial of suspects whose failure to depose Erdogan was followed by a sweeping political crackdown and arrests.
A attack on Turkey’s main state television broadcaster, whose newscaster was forced to read out a message from the military leaders, was part of the putsch attempt.
A document issued by one of the president’s attorneys to the AFP news agency shows a judge imprisoning 22 retired high-ranking military officers for life.
Former lieutenant colonel Umit Gencer, for example, was found guilty of “violating the constitutional order” by having TRT broadcast a “coup declaration.”