A Turkish court yesterday handed life prison terms to dozens of suspects in a trial over the deadly clashes on an Istanbul bridge during the July 15, 2016 failed coup, state media reported.
The bridge across the Bosphorus in Istanbul - now renamed the July 15 Martyrs' Bridge - was the scene of bloody fighting between President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's supporters and renegade soldiers seeking to oust the government.
The court in Silivri outside Istanbul sentenced 72 suspects, including former lieutenant colonel Turgay Odemis, to life in jail on charges of "attempting to overthrow the constitutional order," the Anadolu news agency reported.
The judge handed 22 suspects jail terms of 17 years and seven months each, and five suspects 15 years each on charges of "aiding" an attempt to overthrow the constitutional order.
Thirty-four civilians and seven coup plotters were killed on the bridge, according to the indictment.