Suspects involved in 2016 Istanbul bomb attack sentenced to life
Four PKK-affiliated suspects involved in a 2016 Istanbul attack that killed 46 people and injured hundreds of others received 47 aggravated life sentences, judicial sources said on May 15.
Ten other suspects were also sentenced to life after being found guilty on several charges including attempting and aiding multiple murders, said the sources who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.
Turkish prosecutors sought multiple life sentences in February for the suspects, along with multiple other counts totaling to 8,358 years.
Twin attacks on Dec. 10, 2016 by an explosive-laden vehicle and a suicide bomber killed 46 people, including 39 police officers, and injured 243 others following a football game in Istanbul’s Beşiktaş district.
A 63-page indictment accused the suspects of acting against “the unity and solidarity of the state.”
The attack was carried out by the TAK, a group believed to be affiliated with the PKK, which is listed as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union.