Over 100 Military Officers Sentenced to Life Imprisonment in Turkey
52 people received lesser sentences
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According to BBC, 104 former military officers of Turkey were sentenced to life imprisonment in the Turkish city of Izmir. They are accused of high treason and attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
The BBC reported that the former officers were sentenced to “heavy life imprisonment,” which means more stringent conditions of detention than other prisoners. The court also ruled on lower sentences for 52 defendants. There were 21 people sentenced to 20 years in prison for “assisting in the attempted murder of the president,” while 31 were sentenced to from 7 to 11 years for “membership in a terrorist organization.”
In July, 2016, a military rebellion was planned in Turkey. At least 260 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured in clashes between Erdogan supporters and the rebels.
The Turkish president has said that he supports the resumption of the death penalty for committing high treason.