A total of 221 suspects, including over two dozen former Turkish generals, accused of being among the ringleaders of an attempted coup on July 15, 2016 aimed at ousting Turkey’s autocratic President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, appeared in court in the first hearing of their trial in Ankara on Monday.
Among the suspects are retired Gen. Akın Öztürk, a former member of the Supreme Military Council (YAŞ), Brig. Gen. Mehmet Partigöç and Gen. Mehmet Dişli.
The trial is being held at the Ankara 17th High Criminal Court.
During Monday’s hearing, when the judge asked Gen. Öztürk, who is accused of being the military leader of the attempted coup, his address, Öztürk said: “I don’t know my address. I am in jail.”
Saliha Arıkan, mother of Mucip Arıkan, one of the victims of the July 15 coup attempt, who was in the courtroom on Monday, screamed: “Kill the murderers of my son. Give my son back to me,” while the suspects were being asked questions about their identity.
The presiding judge, Oğuz Dik, ordered Arıkan’s removal for disrupting the proceedings.
More than 240 people were killed, while a thousand others were injured in the coup attempt.
President Erdoğan is named as a co-plaintiff in the trial, while chief of General Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, who was taken hostage by the coup plotters, is cited as a victim.