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Turkish court sentences 32 to life in prison over 2016 coup

In mass trial of 497 defendants, an Ankara court issued 32 life sentences to former soldiers Wednesday for their involvement in a 2016 coup attempt to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
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ISTANBUL — In one of the final mass trials stemming from the failed 2016 coup in Turkey, an Ankara court sentenced 32 former soldiers to life in prison Wednesday for attempting to oust Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A total of 497 defendants, including former soldiers in the presidential guard regiment, stood trial in the Sincan courthouse just outside Ankara. Among those convicted of “violating the constitutional order” were former military officials who attempted to take over the military headquarters in Ankara and the national broadcaster TRT.

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