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Trial for Istanbul nightclub attack suspects due in December

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A Turkish has accepted an indictment against 57 suspects allegedly involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey's official agency reported today. The first hearing is to take place in December.

Anadolu agency said the main suspect, Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two weeks after the attack, could face 40 consecutive life sentences if convicted on charges of attempting to overthrow Turkey's constitutional order and killing 39 people.



Turkish media have reported that Masharipov confessed to the shooting and told his interrogators that he had received orders from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria.

Masharipov also faces charges of membership in a terror group, attempted of 79 people injured in the attack and violating Turkey's firearms These charges can carry a maximum total of 2,397 years in prison.

The 90-page indictment charges four other suspects allegedly involved in the planning of the attack, including Masharipov's wife, with the same crimes except the firearms violation.

It is not unusual for Turkish prosecutors to demand multiple life sentences in cases of lethal violence. The other 52 suspects will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, carrying a sentence of life in prison, and membership in a terror group, with a sentence of 7.5 to 15 years.

Anadolu said the first hearing will take place on Dec. 11 in the courthouse of high-security Silivri prison and continue until Dec. 15.

Fifty-one of the 57 suspects are behind bars pending trial.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Trial for Istanbul nightclub attack suspects due in December

A Turkish court has accepted an indictment against 57 suspects allegedly involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey's official news agency reported today. The first hearing is to take place in December. Anadolu news agency said the main suspect, Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two weeks after the attack, could face 40 consecutive life sentences if convicted on charges of attempting to overthrow Turkey's constitutional order and killing 39 people. Turkish media have reported that Masharipov confessed to the shooting and told his interrogators that he had received orders from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria. Masharipov also faces charges of membership in a terror group, attempted murder of 79 people injured in the attack and violating Turkey's firearms law. These charges can carry a maximum total of 2,397 years in prison. The 90-page indictment charges four other suspects allegedly involved in the ... A Turkish has accepted an indictment against 57 suspects allegedly involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey's official agency reported today. The first hearing is to take place in December.

Anadolu agency said the main suspect, Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two weeks after the attack, could face 40 consecutive life sentences if convicted on charges of attempting to overthrow Turkey's constitutional order and killing 39 people.

Turkish media have reported that Masharipov confessed to the shooting and told his interrogators that he had received orders from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria.

Masharipov also faces charges of membership in a terror group, attempted of 79 people injured in the attack and violating Turkey's firearms These charges can carry a maximum total of 2,397 years in prison.

The 90-page indictment charges four other suspects allegedly involved in the planning of the attack, including Masharipov's wife, with the same crimes except the firearms violation.

It is not unusual for Turkish prosecutors to demand multiple life sentences in cases of lethal violence. The other 52 suspects will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, carrying a sentence of life in prison, and membership in a terror group, with a sentence of 7.5 to 15 years.

Anadolu said the first hearing will take place on Dec. 11 in the courthouse of high-security Silivri prison and continue until Dec. 15.

Fifty-one of the 57 suspects are behind bars pending trial.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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Trial for Istanbul nightclub attack suspects due in December

A Turkish has accepted an indictment against 57 suspects allegedly involved in the deadly New Year's nightclub attack in Istanbul, Turkey's official agency reported today. The first hearing is to take place in December.

Anadolu agency said the main suspect, Abdulkadir Masharipov, an Uzbek citizen who was caught two weeks after the attack, could face 40 consecutive life sentences if convicted on charges of attempting to overthrow Turkey's constitutional order and killing 39 people.

Turkish media have reported that Masharipov confessed to the shooting and told his interrogators that he had received orders from Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group in Syria.

Masharipov also faces charges of membership in a terror group, attempted of 79 people injured in the attack and violating Turkey's firearms These charges can carry a maximum total of 2,397 years in prison.

The 90-page indictment charges four other suspects allegedly involved in the planning of the attack, including Masharipov's wife, with the same crimes except the firearms violation.

It is not unusual for Turkish prosecutors to demand multiple life sentences in cases of lethal violence. The other 52 suspects will be tried on charges of attempting to overthrow the constitutional order, carrying a sentence of life in prison, and membership in a terror group, with a sentence of 7.5 to 15 years.

Anadolu said the first hearing will take place on Dec. 11 in the courthouse of high-security Silivri prison and continue until Dec. 15.

Fifty-one of the 57 suspects are behind bars pending trial.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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