Akdeniz University’s former rector İsrafil Kurtcephe was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in prison on accusation of membership to the Gulen movement.

Kurtcephe was convicted of terror charges during his final hearing on Friday. Among the evidences for the conviction is his visit to Fethullah Gulen in US in 2002.

The former rector spent 14 months in pretrial detention until he was released in judicial control in Sept, 2018.

Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and calls it FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, while the latter denies involvement.

More than 511,000 people including academics, doctors, teachers, police officers and many others from different backgrounds have been detained over alleged Gulen ties since the summer of 2016.