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>> Under tight security, 47 men are led to court in Turkey, accused of attempting to assassinate President Tayyip Erdogan during last year's failed coup. His supporters, gathering outside, calling for the return of capital punishment. Among the suspects, 37 soldiers are accused of having a direct role in storming a luxury resort where the president was staying on July 15.
Erdogan had escaped by helicopter before they arrived. At the court, Reuters Turkey correspondent, Jumera Pamuk says, it's not yet clear how the accused will plea.>> The lawyers inside tell us that the identification process and the reading of the indictment has already been completed. And they're expecting the suspects to give their first defenses this afternoon.
>> More than 240 people were killed during the attempted coup, when a group of rogue soldiers tried to overthrow the government, commandeering tanks, war planes, and helicopters. Since then, some 40,000 people have been arrested and many more sacked or suspended from the military, civil service and private sector.
>> We have seen an intensive crack down on thousands of people, more than 100,000 academics, judges, prosecutors, civil servants, teachers, have been removed or suspended from their jobs.>> Turkey launched it's first criminal trial, related to the coup, in December, and many more trials are expected.