Ömer Lütfi Polat, a Turkish “matchmaker,” has been sentenced to 12 years, 9 months in prison over his links to Turkey’s Gülen movement, which is accused of masterminding a coup attempt in July 2016.
Polat, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency, was a part of “a matchmaking unit” of the Gulen movement, tasked to facilitate marriages among the group’s supporters in Ankara.
He was given the sentence for having “a membership in an armed terrorist organization.”
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt while the latter denies involvement.
More than 130,000 people have been detained and 60,000 arrested over ties to the movement since the summer of 2016.