The failed coup attempt by members of Fetullah Terrorist Organisation (FETO) on July 15, 2016 had resulted in the killing of at least 251 people and injuring of nearly 2,200 others.

Police stand on a captured tank on the Bosphorus Bridge, in Istanbul, Turkey following a failed coup attempt on July 16,  2016.
Police stand on a captured tank on the Bosphorus Bridge, in Istanbul, Turkey following a failed coup attempt on July 16, 2016. (Reuters Archive)

A Turkish court has slapped several military officers and civilians who helped plot and carry out the deadly July 15 coup attempt by the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), each with dozens of aggravated life sentences.

In the trial on the role of officers at the Murted [formerly known as Akinci] Airbase, which served as a headquarters for the failed 2016 attempt, the court in the capital Ankara handed 79 aggravated life sentences to former pilot lieutenant colonel Hasan Husnu Balikci, who bombed Turkey's parliament.

Meanwhile, former fighter pilot Muslim Macit, who martyred 15 people near the presidential complex during the coup attempt, received 16 aggravated life sentences.

Macit had dropped two MK-82 bombs from his jet on an intersection and a parking lot in the vicinity of the presidential complex, also injuring seven.

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FETO-orchestrated attempt

The court also sentenced former lieutenant Mustafa Mete Kaygusuz, who sent the bombing instructions to the F-16 jets hijacked by the putschists during the coup attempt, to 79 aggravated life sentences.

Former Incirlik 10th Tanker Base Commander Bekir Ercan Van, who provided fuel to the pilots, was handed 79 aggravated life sentences.

Also, civilians Kemal Batmaz, Hakan Cicek, Nurettin Oruc, Harun Binis, who led the coup attempt from Akinci Base, each received 79 aggravated life sentences.

According to the indictment, these four members of FETO, also known as imams, as well as the fugitive Adil Oksuz, operated in the terror group's civilian wing, making preparations for the coup after a green light from the US-based FETO leader Fethullah Gulen.

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Major trial

This was one of the major trials related to the defeated coup attempt of July 15, 2016.

At Murted, an airbase north of the capital Ankara, the coup-plotters established a command centre to coordinate attacks, including fighter jets that attacked parliament and the presidential complex. 

Some of the most senior plotters are said to have been at the base, and it was also where Chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar was held hostage.

FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, in which 251 people were martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Turkey accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

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Source: TRTWorld and agencies