Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Turkey: 40 Sentenced to Life for Attempting to Kill Erdogan

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Turkey: 40 Sentenced to Life for Attempting to Kill Erdogan

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ANKARA, Turkey * A court in southwestern Turkey sentenced 40 people to life in prison Wednesday, convicting them of charges that include attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during last year's failed coup, Turkish state television TRT reported.

A total of 46 suspects 37 of them former military personnel have been on trial since February in the city of Mugla accused of attempted assassination, violation of the constitution and other crimes against the state during the July 15, 2016, coup attempt.

The defendants were accused of using helicopters to attack the hotel in the resort of Marmaris where Erdogan and his family members were staying, killing two policemen. Erdogan had left the hotel shortly before it was attacked.

Turkey has blamed the coup on the movement led by U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen, whose followers are accused of infiltrating the military and other state institutions. …

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