In Turkey, 38 former soldiers were sentenced to life imprisonment for their role in the failed coup in 2016 against President Erdogan. Among the convicts is a former lieutenant colonel who had a statement on the coup détat read out on a Turkish television channel.
Six convicts were imprisoned for life with no chance of prior release. They have to serve their sentence in a prison with a heavy regime.
In previous trials, more than 2500 Turkish soldiers and civilians received life-long sentences for their involvement in the failed coup détat. In Turkey, tens of thousands of people have been imprisoned since 2016, allegedly associated with the movement of the Muslim preacher Fethullah Gülen, accused by President Erdogan of being behind the failed coup.
An estimated 130,000 people have been dismissed from the government for ties with Gülen. The clergyman, who has emigrated to the United States, denies any involvement in the coup attempt.
Human rights organisations and Turkeys Western allies are extremely critical of the approach taken by the alleged Gülen supporters in Turkey, which eliminate political opponents of the President. The Turkish Government maintains that the search for supporters of the clergy is necessary for security in the country.
There are still several lawsuits in Turkey relating to the coup détat, with more than 250 deaths.
In this video youll see what happened on July 15th and 16th 2016: