A Turkish court on Monday sentenced to life imprisonment the main suspect in the killing of 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub on New Year’s day, TRT reported.
Uzbekistan national Abdulkadir Masharipov was handed down 40 life sentences without parole, the equivalent of 1,368 years in prison, it said.
Masharipov was detained on Jan. 12, 2017, days after the attack at the Reina nightclub in Istanbul’s Ortaköy district during the early hours of Jan.1, which also wounded 79 people.
Masharipov was among 18 defendants detained as part of the nightclubmassacre. The remaining defendants are either fugitives or have been released pending trial.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack shortly after it took place, saying it was in retaliation for Turkish military operations in northern Syria.
The nightclub attack was the last in a series of terror attacks in Turkey that started in 2015 that were blamed on ISIS.