Erdoğan’s military aides released pending trial in coup-related case

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Mete Semercioğlu and Erkan Kıvrak, former military aides to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan who are on trial for alleged involvement in a failed coup on July 15, 2016, have been released pending trial, the Cumhuriyet newspaper reported on Tuesday.

The prosecutor in the trial is seeking up to 20 years in prison for Semercioğlu and Kıvrak for allegedly aiding the coup attempt.

The two defendants are charged with meeting with chief presidential military aide Ali Yazıcı a day prior to the attempted coup and deciding to communicate the president’s location to a hit squad that was planning to assassinate him.

The same court ruled to release Şafak Deliacı, Erdoğan’s naval aide, in March.

Yazıcı was separately tried for being a member of the council that planned the coup attempt and was sentenced to life in prison without parole.

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