Turkish Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen’s niece, identified as B.G., was given 7.5 years of prison sentence on terror charges.
State-run Anadolu news agency said Thursday that B.G., under pretrial detention since Nov 2016, was sentenced to 7 years plus 6 months in prison on charges of membership to a terror group.
Underlining that she was jailed at the age of 24, B.G. said she wants her freedom back, and asked for her release, during her court hearing on Thursday.
The court overseeing her case turned down the request and convicted her of the imputed terror charges.
B.G. had been detained along with her brother H.G. in Izmir, spent a week under custody and put in jail in Erzurum on the grounds that they had used a smart phone application known as ByLock.
Meanwhile, H.G., too, got 6 years and 3 months in prison on similar charges the same day.
According to prosecutors, ByLock is the top communication tool among members of the Gülen movement, accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The movement denies involvement in the coup attempt.
Many relatives of the group’s self-exiled inspirational leader Fethullah Gulen were arrested while critics often criticize the government for a massive purge it is carrying out that violates the principle of individual criminal responsibility even before Gulen himself is convicted of accusations.