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Turkey: 102 military personnel remanded over coup bid

Suspects charged with attempting to overthrow Turkish government as part of 'FETO terrorist group'

18.07.2016
Turkey: 102 military personnel remanded over coup bid Detained soldiers include high-ranking officials charged with attempting to overthrow Turkish government

ISTANBUL

An Istanbul court remanded 102 soldiers in custody over their alleged connections with Friday's deadly coup attempt.

The suspects have been charged with ‘being members of an armed terrorist organization’, ‘intentional killing’, 'violating the Constitution', and 'attempting to assault the President'.

Other charges include attempting to overthrow the democratically elected Turkish government "as part of the FETO terror group" and attempting to dissolve Turkish Parliament by "using force or threat".

According to Turkey's Penal Code Article 309, any person found guilty of these charges "will be punished with heavy life imprisonment.”

The soldiers were detained earlier as part of the investigation started by Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor's Office, which demanded them to be remanded.

Istanbul Criminal Court of Peace no.1 issued the order.

An earlier arrest came for 12 soldiers who raided Turkish Public broadcaster TRT's office in Istanbul's Harbiye district Friday and opened fire on civilians who were rallying against the coup attempt on the Bosphorus Bridge.

The deadly coup attempt happened late Friday when rogue elements of Turkish military attempted to overthrow the country's democratically elected government.

At least 208 people, including the security forces and civilians, were martyred in Istanbul and Ankara and nearly 1,500 others wounded as they protested against the coup.

*Anadolu Agency Correspondent Humeyra Atilgan Buyukovali contributed to this report from Istanbul.

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