President Erdogan returns as leader of ruling AK Party, pledges to fight enemies
A trial opened last Monday in Turkey's capital for 221 suspects, including 27 former generals, accused of being the instigators of the attempted coup in 2016 aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The main defendants are Gen. Akin Ozturk, a former air force commander, and other alleged members of the so-called Peace at Home Council, a group on whose behalf a coup declaration was read on state television. Other defendants include the former military aide to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as well as the brother of a ruling party legislator. The suspects face life prison terms if found guilty of charges that include attempting to destroy the government and parliament.