Zeki Utlu, a 30-year-old Turkish lawyer who has been sentenced to 7 years, 6 months in prison due to his alleged links to the Gülen group, has recently been sent back to prison after the supreme court of appeals upheld the prison sentence.
According to Turkish Journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the purge-victim man suffers from advanced visual impairment.
Utlu is reportedly charged with having membership in the Gulen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement.
Following the coup attempt, the Turkish government launched a massive crackdown on followers of the movement under the pretext of an anti-coup fight as a result of which more than 130,000 people were removed from state jobs while in excess of 30,000 others including elderly people, pregnant women or those who have just given birth and ailing people are still in jail, and some 600,000 people have been investigated on allegations of terrorism.
2- İş arayan Zeki Utlu Hatay Barosu'na başvurdu. Ancak baro, tutuklandığı için stajyerliğini 3 yıl kabul edilmedi. Ticaret ve hamallıkla ailesini geçindiren Utlu, cezası onaylandığı için 17 Haziran'da tekrar tutuklandı. 3 ay 6 ay hapis yatacak. Sebep, üniversite okurken öğrenci pic.twitter.com/P44EPr49sX
— Sevinç Özarslan (@sevincozarslan) September 1, 2021