An Adana court sentenced the last president of the now-defunct Nizam Lawyers’ Association, identified as S.U., to 9 years in jail on terror charges.

S.U., a lawyer who chaired the Adana-based Nizam Lawyers’ Association until it was closed in a post-coup emergency decree, appeared during his final hearing on Thursday.

Under arrest for some time over ties to the Gulen movement, S.U. pleaded not guilty on charges of membership to an armed terror group, and asked for his release.

Yet, the court in charge turned down his request, giving him 9-year prison sentence.

Meanwhile, another Adana court sentenced a former judge who was earlier dismissed from his job over Gulen links, to 7.5 years in jail the same day.

Turkish government accuses the Gülen movement of masterminding a failed putsch on July 15, 2016, and considers it a terrorist organization. The movement denies involvement in the coup and terror accusations.