Thirteen lawyers in Turkey’s Samsun prison were sentenced to varying lengths of prison sentence on Thursday.
A total of 24 lawyers, under pre-trial detention for 21 months over their ties tohe Gulen movement, appeared before a Samsun court for their final hearing, media reported May 16.
The court overseeing their case handed down 10.5 years of prison sentence to a lawyer; 7.5 years to another one; 6 years and 3 months to 4 others.
Meanwhile, the remaining six lawyers were given 1 year, 6 months plus 22 days in prison.
All the convictions were made on charges of membership to the Gulen movement, which the Turkish government blames for the July 15, 2016 failed coup and calls a terror group.
The movement denies involvement in the failed attempt and any terror activities.
More than 150,000 people have passed through custody while 80,000 were remanded in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, over 150,000 have lost their jobs over the same period.
The arrestees include 580 lawyers, according to The Arrested Lawyers platform’s March 2018 report.