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Heavy life sentences sought for 63 FETO suspects

HEAVY LIFE SENTENCES SOUGHT FOR 63 FETO SUSPECTS

Prosecutors are seeking aggravated life sentences for 63 people suspected of participating in the 2016 defeated coup in Turkey, a judicial source said on Thursday.

The suspects are accused over incidents at the Tuzla Orhanlı Tolls in Istanbul, said the source, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

At the 28th High Criminal Court in Istanbul's Silivri district, the suspects stand accused of violating the constitutional order.

Prosecutor Orhan Uzun requested, on the other hand, the release of two other suspects, Zafer Özbay and Suat Katar.

The Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, during which 250 people were martyred and nearly 2,200 others injured.

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