Suspect wearing ‘hero’ T-shirt in coup trial thrown out of courtroom

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Gökhan Güçlü

One of the suspects on trial for an assassination attempt against President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the night of a failed coup in Turkey was thrown out of the courtroom for wearing a T-shirt bearing the word “hero” because it caused tension between the parties during the hearing.

According to the t24 news website, Mustafa Doğan İnal, a lawyer representing Erdoğan, asked the suspect, former master sergeant Gökhan Güçlü, to stand up during the hearing.
“Suspect Gökhan Güçlü came to the courtroom wearing a ‘hero’ T-shirt. There are no heroes here. This is a challenge against the government,” İnal said and demanded that he take the T-shirt off.

After a quarrel between the lawyers, presiding judge Emirşah Baştoğ called a recess and asked everyone to leave the courtroom.

Demanding that Güçlü change his shirt, the prosecutor for the case said the word on the T-shirt sent a certain message and disturbed the discipline of the hearing.

Baştoğ ruled that the suspect should be brought to the courtroom after changing his T-shirt on the grounds that it “led to arguments and disturbed the atmosphere of the hearing.”
Güçlü, who said he did not want to attend the hearing, was sent back to prison.

The military coup attempt on July 15 killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others.

An alleged assassination attempt targeted President Erdoğan at a Marmaris hotel where he was vacationing on the night of the botched coup.

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