Turkey launches mass trial over 2016 failed coup bid

Aug 01, 2017, 7:21 AM EDT
Turkish people were on streets to prevent the military coup in 2016.
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Nearly 500 people, accused of participating in a failed coup attempt in Turkey last year, will appear in a purpose-built courtroom in Ankara as the country begins mass trials over an overthrow bid that left 249 civilians dead in July 2016.

The Turkish parliament was bombed thrice by F-16 fighter jets that were being commanded by conspirators holed up in the Akinci airbase northwest of the capital, writes Al Jazeera.

Turkey accuses a U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen of orchestrating the coup attempt but the leader has denied involvement, notes the BBC