Turkey jails 32 ex-soldiers for life over 2016 coup bid
In one of the last mammoth trials stemming from a bloody night that turned Erdogan on a more authoritarian course and set off a wave of arrests that continue to this day, an Ankara court heard evidence against the presidential guard.
The putsch attempt included a raid on Turkey's main state television broadcaster, whose newscaster was forced to read out a statement from the military junta leaders.
Although both the presidential palace and the parliament building were bombed, Erdogan escaped capture because he was on holiday in a Turkish seaside resort town.
The private DHA and state Anadolu news agencies said 32 suspects received life terms. A lawyer for the president initially said that 22 suspects had received life sentences before a more detailed verdict was reported by the agencies later on Wednesday.
Anadolu said 106 suspects were given sentences of between six and 16 years in jail for other crimes. It also said that the end of the trial marks the end of the cases heard in the capital, nearly five years later.
Turkey: a country in a state of emergency
Night of terror: the failed coup attempt turned Turkey into a war zone. More than 260 people died. Does the country face the threat of a civil war?
Bloodshed at the Bosphorus: a blood covered resident of Istanbul stands near the Bosphorus Bridge. There were clashes between civilians and the army after the military had blocked the bridge on Friday night. Government sources say that more than 260 people were killed in fighting during the coup attempt
Tanks roll through streets: tanks drove through several cities in the night in a completely surprise move. The Turkish military announced its takeover. The tracked vehicles flattened cars in the streets of Istanbul and Ankara, turning the country into a war zone
Lights out in parliament: after the bombing of parliament in Ankara, the building is in ruins. Fighter jets flew low over the capital and had the citizens panicking
Who owns the Republic Monument? The army not only closed the Bosphorus Bridge: it also occupied Taksim Square, a main transportation hub in Istanbul. The soldiers positioned themselves in front of the Republic Monument
Icon of resistance: Erdogan supporters also protested on the square. A showdown began when a soldier pointed his gun at a man. The army opened fire on the protesting crowd on the square
Shirts off their backs: after the failed coup attempt, rebel soldiers laid down their arms on the Bosphorus Bridge and fled
Put to flight: after the armed forces had surrendered, soldiers tried to get on a bus to flee from the angry masses
Cheering crowds: President Tayyip Erdogan returned to Istanbul on Saturday. Cheering crowds received him at the airport. Erdogan announced that the rebels would pay a heavy price
It's over! Erdogan supporters triumph and wave the Turkish flag after the army's withdrawal. The coup attempt has failed
Bizarre souvenir: a mother took a picture of her daughter on top of a tank. The tank on the Bosphorus Bridge was surrounded by Turkish police
In an unprecedented legal process, more than 2,500 suspects have been given life sentences in trials across Turkey, the indictments spanning thousands of pages.
The failed coup left some 250 people dead, excluding 24 putschists killed on the night.
Turkey accuses US-based Muslim preacher Fethullah Gulen of masterminding the failed coup, a claim he strongly denies. Tens of thousands of people have been arrested over alleged links to Gulen since 2016, and the police raids continue, drawing constant criticism from Turkey's Western allies.
More than 100,000 people have also been sacked or suspended from the public sector over similar allegations.
The aftermath of the coup attempt has transformed every aspect of contemporary Turkish politics, with Erdogan becoming especially sensitive to the military's role in the country's political life.
Earlier this week he accused 104 retired admirals of "hinting at a political coup" after they criticised his plans for a new canal in Istanbul.
Police have arrested 10 of the former navy commanders and ordered four others to turn themselves in. (AFP)