Arab and international Since 2017-08-01 at 11:18 (Baghdad time)
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On Tuesday, Turkey will begin trial of some 500 people arrested during raids following the attempted coup d'etat on July 15, 2016, on charges of conspiring to overthrow the government.
A total of 486 suspects are being tried in a specially designed room inside a prison outside Ankara. The charges range from committing crimes to violating the constitution to trying to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Anatolia news agency reported.
The suspects are accused of running the coup from the Akenji airbase northwest of the capital, which authorities regard as the headquarters from which the planners ordered the pilots to bomb parliament.
Of the defendants, 461 are in custody and seven are still in detention, while the rest are being tried at large.
The main suspect being tried in absentia is Islamic preacher Fathullah Gulen, who is accused of masterminding the coup, which he strongly denies from the United States where he lives in exile.
Among those arrested was former air force commander Akin Ozturk, who is being tried like a number of suspects in another case involving the attempted coup.