A group of military cadets who were sentenced to life in prison in 2017 over involvement in the 2016 failed coup, were released from prison after an appeals court overturned their sentences.

Exact number of the freed cadets is currently not known. According to the Turkish media, they will be retried and are expected to either get a lighter sentence or be acquitted.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that claimed the lives of 251 people and was suppressed overnight.

The military cadets were indicted on coup charges for blocking the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge (FSM) over the Bosporus on the night of the coup. The cadets testified that they had no idea that a coup was unfolding and they were just acting on orders from their superiors, who told them there was a terrorist attack.