Turkey's President addresses police officers in Ankara, Turkey, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (Murat Cetinmuhurdar, Presidential Press Service, Pool photo via AP)
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Turkey Monday opened the biggest trial yet over the failed July coup aimed at ousting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, trying 270 suspects including, in absentia, the alleged mastermind Fethullah Gulen.Those on trial in the western city of Izmir face multiple charges including being a member of the "armed terror group".Gulen previously went on trial in absentia in January last year over corruption allegations that hit Erdogan in 2013 .The Turkish Justice Ministry also sent new evidence to Washington for Gulen's return including the indictment for the Izmir case, Anadolu reported Monday. The suspects face life imprisonment if convicted in a trial expected to take two months, Hurriyet reported.
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