An Ankara court on Thursday handed down aggravated life sentences to 18 Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO) convicts for their roles in the murder of a Turkish officer during the 2016 defeated coup attempt in Turkey, a judicial source said.
Omer Halisdemir was killed during the night of defeated coup on July 15, 2016, after he shot dead a senior coup plotter.
He became the symbol of the Turkish nation’s resistance against the coup bid.
Halisdemir shot pro-coup Brig Gen Semih Terzi in the head after the latter attempted to seize control of the Special Forces Command in capital Ankara.
Pro-coup soldiers later killed Halisdemir.
FETO blamed for coup
Turkey says FETO and its US-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup, which left 250 people dead and nearly 2,200 wounded.
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