Forty-five academics from İstanbul University who were implicated as part of an investigation into the Gülen movement, face up to 22.5 years in prison as an indictment accusing them of forming, running or being member of an armed terrorist organization was handed over to the court in charge.
The academics in question –14 of them currently under arrest– include professors and associate professors.
A 191-page-indictment seeks up to 22.5 years of prison term for the academics who are being prosecuted for having accounts at now defunct Bank Asya, the movement affiliated lender, or having used ByLock, a mobile application that prosecutors claim to be a top communication tool among movement members.
The government accuses the movement of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15 while the latter denies any involvement. 80,000 people have been so far detained and 40,000 arrested.