Turkish court awards life term to 104 coup plotters

May 22, 2018, 8:14 AM EDT
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan narrowly escaped an assassination bid during the coup attempt in 2016.
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A Turkish court has awarded “aggravated life sentences” to 104 army personnel for their involvement in the failed coup attempt in July 2016, which claimed more than 240 lives and left 2,000 people injured.

The court handed 20-year jail sentence to 21 suspects who plotted the “assassination of the president,” notes Al Jazeera.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan carried out a sweeping purge in the aftermath of the failed coup bid, which he blamed on Fethullah Gulen, an influential Turkish cleric living in exile in the U.S., writes Time.