World Bulletin / News Desk
The second hearing of a coup trial, Sledgehammer Case, in which many retired and active duty members of the military stand accused of having plotted to overthrow the government began on Tuesday in Istanbul.
Out of 196 suspects in the Sledgehammer case, all retired and active duty members of the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK), 180 appeared before the judges for a second time at the Istanbul 10th High Criminal Court.
The suspects are accused of a failed attempt to destroy Parliament and overthrow the government. Such a charge calls for a jail sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
The first hearing was held on Dec. 16. Today's hearing will focus on the reading of the massive indictment against the suspects.
According to the Sledgehammer plan, the military was to systematically foment chaos in society through violent acts, among which were planned bomb attacks on the Fatih and Beyazit mosques in Istanbul. The plot allegedly sought to undermine the government to lay the groundwork for a coup d'état.
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