Turkey sentences 38 former soldiers to life in prison in 2016 coup trial Apr 08, 2021 0 265 12345 dpa Istanbul A court in Ankara on Wednesday sentenced 38 former senior soldiers to life in prison in a major trial over the failed 2016 coup by a military faction.Six of the defendants received aggravated life sentences for “violating the constitution,” according to state news agency Anadolu.Aggravated life sentences are the most severe prison terms possible in Turkey since the abolishing of death penalty in 2002. There is no chance for parole. The court handed 106 defendants jail sentences of up to more than 16 years for violating the constitution, Anadolu said.Other charges included attempted assassination of the president. A total of 121 people were acquitted of all charges.The trial against a total of 497 defendants, including former soldiers from the presidential guard regiment, has been under way since October 2017.Prosecutors had accused the suspects of occupying the state broadcaster TRT headquarters in Ankara on the night of the coup, July 15, 2016, and forcing the news anchorwoman to read out the putschists’ statement.Ankara blames the US-based Islamic cleric Fethullah Gulen for orchestrating the abortive putsch and has designated his movement as a terrorist group.The cleric, an ally-turned-foe of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, denies the charges.Out of a total of 289 trials over the coup attempt, 14 are still ongoing, according to Anadolu. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Saudi could give Malaysia extra 10,000 Hajj spots, says PM Yassin Apr 08, 2021 0 339 Iran gripped by fourth wave as virus numbers, deaths swell Apr 08, 2021 0 242 Indonesia sends in more rescue teams, aid to cyclone-hit areas Apr 08, 2021 0 245 Erdogan pushing for summer to disputed Istanbul Canal project Istanbul: Turkey plans to kick-start construction of a multibillion-dollar canal project that would bypass Istanbul’s Bosporus strait, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday, despite criticism from the .. Iranian ship slightly damaged in Red Sea dpa Tehran Authorities are looking into an explosion that left an Iranian ship used to secure shipping routes slightly damaged in the Red Sea, said the Foreign Ministry in Tehran. According to the ISNA news agency, .. Indian COVID-19 cases surge, experts see critical 4 weeks ahead dpa New Delhi India reported 115,736 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday - a record spike for a second day this week - as a new wave of the pandemic continued to spread rapidly. The next four weeks were going to be critical, .. Mexico gives emergency approval to Indian vaccine dpa Mexico City Mexico has authorised the emergency use of a Covid-19 vaccine developed by Indian pharmaceutical firm Bharat Biotech, Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday. With the latest approval of .. Mrs World faces probe after on-stage tussle with Mrs Lanka dpa Colombo The reigning Mrs World is facing a police inquiry in Sri Lanka after she allegedly injured the winner of the Mrs Sri Lanka beauty pageant during a weekend dispute about the Sri Lankan winner’s marital status, .. ‘All options open’ in Nile dam row with Ethiopia, says Egypt’s president Sissi Cairo: Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on Wednesday said “all options are open” in his country’s long-standing dispute with Ethiopia over a Nile dam, which Cairo fears will reduce its supply of water. ..