Nearly 500 people have gone on trial in Turkey, accused of plotting the failed July 15, 2016 coup attempt. US-based cleric Fethullah Gulen has been named as the main defendant and will be tried in absentia.
The vote was not due until November next year but President Erdogan has called snap presidential and parliamentary elections. They have been slated for June 24.
Turkey has purged and arrested tens of thousand of people all because of one man blamed for the July 2016 coup attempt: Fethullah Gulen. Who is Turkey's public enemy number one and what do we know about his organization?
Evangelical Christian pastor Andrew Brunson ran a church in the Turkish city of Izmir. He faces two separate terms of 15 and 20 years in prison if convicted.
A Turkish-German journalist from the ETHA news agency has been detained in Turkey, along with two colleagues. The organization's editor-in-chief says the arrests are part of a wider crackdown on anti-government press.
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