A former top judge who was jailed as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup crackdown has been sentenced to 8 years and 9 months in prison, on Tuesday.
Former Council of State member Mithat Ozcan was convicted of membership to the Gulen movement, a broadened terror charge the Turkish government often uses to imprison its critics.
Akkus was first given 7.5 years in jail and the court in charge increased its sentence to over 10 years using discretionary power in compliance with the anti-terror law and reduced it to 8 years and 9 months due to Ozcan’s good conduct during hearings.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.
Earlier, Ozcan appealed his imprisonment to European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on the grounds that he is not able to access proper treatment for his medical problems but the court turned down his request.
The Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of being behind the July 15, 2016 failed coup. The latter denies involvement.
More than 150,000 people have passed through police custody and some 90,000 have been remanded in pre-trial detention.