During the night of July 15, 2016 there was an attempt by a coup to seize the Istanbul Atatürk Airport. The coup was suspected to have link with Gülenist Terror Group. 159 soldiers were involved in this attempt.
An Instanbul prosecutor demanded aggravated life sentence to all of these soldiers with a charges of “attempting to overthrow the Turkish government and the Parliament”, “membership to a terror group”, “delibrate murder” and “violating the Constitution.”
The indictment stated that the coup soldiers’ plan was to prevent Turkish citizens from leaving and entering the country by seizing the control tower of the airport and halting the flights.
Recently, a court in Istanbul handed down life sentences on 28 former soldiers for trying to take control of Istanbul’s second airport Sabiha Gökçen during the coup night. A group of soldiers, including a general, were sentenced to life for attempting to kill President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during the insurrection attempt.
Istanbul Atatürk Airport is the main international airport serving Istanbul, and the biggest airport in Turkey by total number of passengers, destinations served and aircraft movements