Fatma Saadet Yılmazer, the daughter of imprisoned intelligence chief Ali Fuat Yılmazer, has been given a prison sentence of 7 years, 6 months for her alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, the pro-government Akşam daily reported.
Yılmazer is convicted of using ByLock and also depositing money in the Gülen-affiliated Bank Asya to help it survive in the wake of a government operation to sink the bank. Bank Asya was closed down by the government in the aftermath of the coup attempt due to its links to the Gülen group.
ByLock is a smartphone application that is considered by Turkish authorities to be a communication tool among followers of the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of masterminding a failed coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
Ali Fuat Yılmazer was jailed following corruption probes in late 2013 implicating then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s government and is accused of having committed a range of crimes, from illegal wiretapping to involvement in the murder of Turkish-Armenian journalist Hrant Dink in 2007. He is being held in Silivri Prison, and his daughter Fatma was serving as his lawyer.
Tens of thousands of civil servants, police officers and businessmen have either been dismissed or arrested for using ByLock since the failed coup attempt.
Yılmazer, who played a critical role in police intelligence units during the first two terms in office of then-Prime Minister Erdoğan, has earlier said that it was Erdoğan himself who ordered investigations into two judicial cases known as Balyoz and Ergenekon, mainly against military officers, which are now called plots by the government.