A Kastamonu court has handed down prison sentences varying between 3 years and 9 years to four teachers on charges of membership in the Gülen group, which is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

According to the Sol news portal, during the last hearing of the trial at the Kastamonu 2nd High Criminal Court, teacher Latif Yaman was given a prison sentence of 9 years; Hakan Doğan was given 7 years, 6 months; İsmail Çalış was given 6 years, 3 months and Hayati Tarhan was given 3 years, 1 month and 15 days in prison.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.

The group denies any involvement.

Yet, the government has so far suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants since July 15, while mor than 50,000 eople have been arrested on alleged Gülen membership.

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