Turkey frees 62 military academy students


ANKARA: Turkish authorities on Saturday released from jail 62 students from Istanbul’s military academy, more than two weeks after the July 15 attempted coup, local media reported. Many of the students at Kuleli military high school in the city were believed to be teenagers caught up in the failed putsch by a rogue group in the military that tried to oust President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from power. The students walked out of the gates of the prison in Maltepe on the Asian side of Istanbul to an emotional reunion with crying relatives who had been waiting, private Dogan news agency reported. An Istanbul court ordered the release of the students late on Friday among a total of 758 soldiers, adding to another 3,500 former suspects already set free. However, 231 soldiers were remanded in custody in the same hearings, the agency reported.



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