Dressed to kill: Call for jumpsuits for dapper suspects
They are more accustomed to military fatigues than well-ironed suits but when they appeared at their first hearing wearing exactly those, with cool haircuts to match, pro-coup troops sparked outrage in the country.
After all, these men are accused of attempting to kill the elected president and they are currently among most hated figures in the country. Social media was awash with comments condemning the dapper looks of the officers, from a sergeant to a general who oversaw the mission to kill the president on behalf of the coup's masterminds.
As their photos in chic suits and eloquent haircuts splashed the front pages of newspapers nationwide, one Turkish daily took issue with the "good-looking" defendants and called on the authorities to issue "uniforms," preferably orange like prisoner jumpsuits in other countries, for the defendants in such high-profile cases.
Soon, social media users joined the call and urged Justice Minister Bekir Bozdağ to mandate the defendants to wear overalls. Bozdağ and other high-ranking officials did not comment on the issue.
Soldiers who tried to kill the president were captured hiding in a forest near Marmaris, where the president's hotel was located, just days after the coup bid. Looking worse for wear, they were handed T-shirts and shorts as they were taken into custody. Though they had lost a good deal of weight during their run from justice, they have evidently regained some weight since then.
Most of the pro-coup troops who were captured during the putsch bid were photographed in bruises and in tattered clothes at police stations. Authorities have said their appearances were because of scuffles during their arrests.
In their trials, which began last year, the defendants dressed sharply. Unlike the United States and other countries, Turkey does not have jumpsuits or uniforms exclusive to prisoners or defendants and under a controversial interpretation of law, judges sometimes reduce sentences in cases where the defendant dresses in a suit and observes "good manners towards judges" during the hearings.