Selçuk Türel, a Turkish academic who was fired from his job after a coup attempt in 2016, has been given a prison sentence of ten years over his links to Turkey’s Gülen group, the Bold Medya news portal reported.
Türel, an assistant professor at a university in Turkey’s Çanakkale province, was fired from his job with a decree issued by the Turkish government on July 23, 2016 and the was put in pre-trial detention on July 24, 2016. He has reportedly been held in solitary confinement since then.
According to the Bold Medya, he has recently been given a prison sentence of 10 years on terror and coup charges.
The group included 6 children.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 and an ensuing crackdown has left thousands of victims behind. Thousands of people have fled Turkey due to a massive witch-hunt launched by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government against all kinds of opposition.
More than 510,000 people have been detained and some 100,000 including academics, judges, doctors, teachers, lawyers, students, policemen and many from different backgrounds have been put in pre-trial detention since last summer.