Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan coup plotters to appear in court wearing Guantanamo-style outfits

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan from inside his airplane taking him from capital Ankara, Turkey to Istanbul - Presidency Pool/AP

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan  wants hundreds of people who are on trial for plotting last year's failed coup to appear in court wearing the same type of outfit — similar to those that were worn by detainees at Guantanamo.

Mr Erdogan made the announcement on Saturday as he addressed tens of thousands of flag-waving people at a ceremony commemorating some 250 who were killed while resisting last year's failed military coup.

His comment came days after a former soldier who is on trial accused of trying to capture or kill the Turkish president  on the night of the coup, appeared in court wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the word "hero," triggering an outcry.

Mr Erdogan said: "These are still their good days. I have spoken with our prime minister and said 'when they appear in court, they should wear one type of outfit, like in Guantanamo.'"

Turkey says the coup was orchestrated by U.S.-based Muslim cleric Fethullah Gulen and some 50,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to the failed takeover. Gulen denies involvement.

Mr Erdogan  likened the defeat of last year's July 15 military coup attempt to Turkey's independence war nearly a hundred years ago.

He  on Saturday spoke before tens of thousands of people at an iconic Istanbul bridge, calling the botched overthrow of the government a "treacherous attempt." 

People wave Turkish flags near the July 15 Martyr's bridge on a "National Unity March Credit: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP

Turkey has blamed U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen and his network for the coup try that killed 250 people resisting it and injured 2,193 others. Thirty-five coup plotters also died in clashes.

Some 50,000 people have been arrested for alleged links to the failed takeover. Mr Gulen denies involvement.

Mr Erdogan warned that the coup attempt "was not the first and would not be the last" and warned terror groups would work to undermine the country.

"Therefore we will first rip their heads off," he said to cheering crowds, adding he would approve a bill reinstating the death penalty if parliament proposed it.plotters, thousands of people went out on the streets to resist the coup.

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