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Hundreds to face judges in Turkey's biggest coup trial

Hundreds to face judges in Turkey's biggest coup trial

Orders were allegedly sent out from Akinci air base, north-west of Ankara, to bomb parliament as troops attempted to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkish authorities detained 1,098 people over the last week for suspected links to militant groups or last year's failed coup attempt, the interior ministry said on Monday.

The defendants face charges from attempting to assassinate the president to murder.

Outside the courtroom, protestors gathered, shouting slogans against the defendants who were brought to court under heavy security. Seven defendants are still on the run, while another 18 have been charged but not in jail.

Considered the plotters' headquarters, the airbase was reportedly used to coordinate the coup and direct the bombing of key government buildings, reports the Washington Post. Gulen is being tried in absentia, and denies any role in the coup attempt.

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The trial is one of dozens that are under way in Turkey in relation to the failed putsch that resulted in about 250 deaths in July 2016.

Nearly 600 people were detained in Turkey in the past week over their alleged ties to the movement of Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen, suspected by Turkish authorities of orchestrating last year's failed coup, local media reported on Monday.

Those held in custody include Akin Ozturk, a former air force chief who - like several suspects - is also on trial in another case related to the coup bid.

Critics say Mr Erdogan is using the purge that followed the coup to stifle political dissent.


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