Alparslan Altan, the former deputy president of the Constitution Court was sentenced to 11 years and 3 months in prison, on Wednesday.
Altan was convicted of membership to the Gulen movement, a broadened terror charge the Turkish government often uses to imprison its critics. He was first given 9 years in jail and the court in charge increased its sentence to over 13.5 years using discretionary power in compliance with the anti-terror law and then reduced it to 11 years and 3 months due to Altan’s good conduct during hearings.
Turkish government accuses Gulenists of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. More than 220,000 people were detained and 90,000 were arrested over Gulen links so far. At least 500,000 people were subject to anti-Gulen investigations to date.