Sixteen academics from the Istanbul Technical University (ITU) were sentenced to varying lengths of prison sentence on Friday.

Istanbul 13th Heavy Penal Court held the final hearing for a case targeting the alleged supporters of the Gulen movement during a 3-day session.

5 out of 35 academics involved in the case were sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in jail while 8 academics got 7.5 years in prison; another got 4 years and 2 months; and 2 others were given 3 years, 1 month and 15 days of jail sentence.

All sixteen academics were convicted on charge of membership to a terror group.

The trial for the remaining 19 academics would continue in a separate case, the court ruled.

Turkish government accuses the Gulen followers of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.

More than 150,000 people including thousands of academics 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 since then.