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.
Former Supreme Court of Appeals member Halit Kivril was convicted of membership to the Gulen movement, a broadened terror charge the Turkish government often uses to imprison its critics.
Kivril was first given 7 years in jail, Anadolu news agency reported, the court in charge increased his sentence to over 10.5 years using discretionary power in compliance with the anti-terror law, and then reduced it to 8 years and 9 months due to Kivril’s good conduct during hearings.
Meanwhile, another former Supreme Court member Mahmut Kis was sentenced to 7.5 years over the same charge the same day, Anadolu reported.
Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement.