A former top judge who was jailed as part of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s post-coup crackdown has been sentenced to 13 years and 6 months in prison.
Former Supreme Court of Appeals member Oktay Acu was convicted of membership to the Gulen movement, a broadened terror charge the Turkish government often uses to imprison its critics.
Acu was first given 9 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.
Acu was first targeted by the government when he upheld a local court decision green-lighting dissident members of the opposition Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) to convene a congress that might have removed the leader Devlet Bahceli.
Bahceli, technically the leader of the second largest opposition group in the parliament, is often criticizing for standing by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in key changes in the Constitution and for forming an alliance with him during the controversial presidential election that gave Erdogan sweeping executive powers.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.