Turkish courts have handed down 1,949 life sentences so far in 248 court cases launched following the 2016 failed coup, according to state-run Anadolu news agency.

A total of 289 cases were opened against coup suspects, media said, adding that 1,949 life sentences were given in 248 of those cases.

Of these, 959 were aggravate life sentences, meaning the convicts “have to spend the rest of their lives in solitary confinement, without the possibility of parole.”

Meanwhile, another 990 suspects were sentenced to jail terms of varying lengths.

Apart from the coup trials, thousands have been convicted of being members of or leading a terrorist group after they were rounded up over their alleged ties to the Gulen movement.

The Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of being behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup. The latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people have passed through police custody and some 90,000 have been remanded in pre-trial detention.