A Turkish health worker has been given 6 years, 6 months and 22 days 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 state-run Anadolu news agency, Ali İhsan P., who was working as a health worker at a state hospital in Çorum province, was among thousands dismissed from their jobs in September of last year as part of government decrees issued under a state of emergency declared in the wake of a failed coup attempt in July 2016.

The court overseeing the case sentenced him to 6.5 years in prison with his use of ByLock mobile application being the main evidence. Turkish government claim that ByLock was the main communication tool among Gülenists.

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 Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the group.

The group denies any involvement.

However, the government detained more than 120,000 and jailed some 50,000 since last summer.

 

 

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