Turkish court sentences 72 defendants to life in coup bridge trial

July 12, 2018
Reuters

In this file photo taken on July 15, 2016, people take over a tank near the Fatih Sultan Mehmet bridge during clashes with military forces in Istanbul. Photo: AFP

A Turkish court sentenced 72 defendants to life in prison on Thursday for their roles in clashes on a suspension bridge in Istanbul in which 34 people were killed during an attempted coup two years ago, according to state-run Anadolu agency.

More verdicts are expected to be issued for 71 other defendants in the case, which charged the defendants of deliberately killing civilians who heeded a call from President Tayyip Erdogan to challenge the coup plotters on a bridge across the Bosphorus Strait on the night of July 15, 2016.