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Hundreds to face judges in Turkey's biggest coup trial

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Hundreds to face judges in Turkey's biggest coup trial
 Turkey is set to hold its largest trial over the July 2016 coup attempt, with nearly 500 people set to appear in court.
The suspects, who are to stand trial on Tuesday, are accused of conspiring to overthrow the government from an airbase seen as the plotters' hub.
A total of 486 suspects will go on trial in a purpose-built courtroom outside the capital Ankara, charged with crimes ranging from murder, violating the constitution and attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, state-run news agency Anadolu reported.
They are accused of running the coup bid from the Akinci airbase northwest of the capital, which the authorities regard as plotters' headquarters.
From there, commands were given for F-16 fighter jets to attack and fly above the capital.
The Turkish parliament was bombed three times by F-16s.
A total of 461 suspects are held in custody, while seven are still on the run. The remainder are charged but not in jail.
Fethullah Gulen, the US-based Muslim cleric-turned-businessman accused of ordering the attempted July 15 attempt, is among the main suspects named in the indictment.
He remains in the United States under self-imposed exile in a secluded compound in the US state of Pennsylvania, and strongly denies the charges against him.
Those held in custody include Akin Ozturk, a former air force chief who - like several suspects - is also on trial in another case related to the coup bid.
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Theology lecturer Adil Oksuz, whom Turkish officials allege was the so-called "imam" of the plot, is accused coordinating the action on the ground in Turkey with Gulen.
Businessman Kemal Batmaz, meanwhile, is accused of assisting Oksuz.
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