The trial of 24 people who are accused of leading a failed coup attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016 that is being held at an İstanbul court has been adjourned until August.
Six former generals, 17 staff officers and Turkish-Islamic scholar Fethullah Gülen are the suspects who are being tried on coup charges at the İstanbul 14th High Criminal Court.
Gülen is accused of masterminding the coup attempt, a claim strongly denied by the Islamic cleric, who lives in self-imposed exile in the United States and is being tried in absentia.
Four hearings were held last week during which the court rejected requests from the suspects for their release. In an interim ruling the court decided to hold the next hearings on Aug. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25, after the first anniversary of the coup attempt, which claimed the lives of more than 240 people.
Another coup trial in which 221 people are being tried on coup charges is ongoing in Ankara. More than two dozen former Turkish generals are among those standing trial in the Ankara court.
Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement.
Gülen, who inspired the movement, strongly denied having any role in the failed coup and called for an international investigation into it, but President Erdoğan — calling the coup attempt “a gift from God” — and the government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
According to a report by the state-run Anadolu news agency on May 28, 154,694 individuals have been detained and 50,136 have been jailed due to alleged Gülen links since the failed coup attempt.