Fethullah Gülen’s nephew Ahmet Ramiz Gülen was sentenced to 12 years in jail on charges of membership to a terror group.

Under arrest for 20 months in a Gaziantep prison, Ahmet Ramiz was given 12 years of prison term on April 18, 2018. The court overseeing his case ruled to continue his arrest.

Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen movement, inspired by Gülen, and designated the group a terrorist organization. The movement denies involvement in the coup attempt and any terror activities.

The government has so far detained more than 150,000 people and arrested some 60,000 over the faintest –true or alleged– links to the Gülen movement. Gülen, himself, have had his several relatives jailed so far.

Critics often blast the government for a massive purge it is carrying out that violates the principle of individual criminal responsibility.

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