İstanbul court releases coup suspect general after 14 months in pretrial detention

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İstanbul’s 14th High Criminal Court on Friday ordered the release of former 3rd Army Commander Gen. Erdal Öztürk, who was among 24 suspects of a trial concerning a failed coup attempt in Turkey last year.

According to the T24 website, the İstanbul 14th High Criminal Court ruled during a hearing in a special court in İstanbul’s Silivri Prison on Friday for the release of Öztürk and for the continuation of the pretrial detention of 14 among 24 suspects. Nine suspects in the case are still at large.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others.

According to a tally by TurkeyPurge.com, over 146,000 people, including some 11,000 soldiers, have been dismissed from government jobs, close to 127,000 detained and almost 57,000 arrested on coup charges.

Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.

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