Turkey has sentenced 3,000 people to life in prison for their alleged involvement in the five years since the failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016, Turkish state broadcaster




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Sixteen hundred convicts have no chance of parole.

In total, nearly 5,000 people have been sentenced to prison terms.

One case is still ongoing.

Tens of thousands of people have been arrested in Turkey since the attempted coup.

The convicts, for example, are said to have ties to the movement of Islamic preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom Erdogan accuses of being behind the failed coup.

Gülen lives in the United States and denies involvement.

Turkey has called on the US to extradite Gulen.

The coup left at least 250 dead and more than 2,000 injured.

The Turkish government will hold a ceremony on Thursday to commemorate the event, the victims who fell and Erdogan's supporters who took to the streets in protest against the coup.

See also: Looking back: The failed coup in Turkey