Ali Görel, a former chief inspector for the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), has been given 8 years, 9 months prison sentence over alleged membership to Turkey’s Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
According to the Hürriyet daily, the İstanbul 24th High Criminal Court found Görel guilty on Wednesday on the grounds that he was a “member of an armed terrorist organization which attempted to destroy the unity of the state and nation.”
Gürel was earlier dismissed from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government in the aftermath of the coup attempt.
The military coup attempt on July 15 killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.
The group denies any involvement.
According to a report by the state-run Anadolu news agency on May 28, 154,694 individuals have been detained and 50,136 have been jailed due to alleged Gülen links since the failed coup attempt.