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Turkey opens biggest trial over failed coup, tries 270 in absentia

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Turkey military coup, Bosphorus bridge

Turkey military coup, Bosphorus bridge. Photo: Twitter.

PanARMENIAN.Net – Turkey on Monday, January 30 opened the biggest trial yet over the failed July coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, trying 270 suspects including, in absentia, the alleged mastermind Fethullah Gulen, AFP reports.

The suspects, 152 of whom are in pre-trial detention, include ex high-ranking military officials like former Aegean Army Command Chief of Staff Major General Memduh Hakbilen, the state news agency Anadolu reported.

Also going on trial was ex-NATO Land Commander Chief of Staff Major General Salih Sevil.

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