Murat Baran, the owner of the Kırsehir-based Baran pharmacy store and the president of the Kırşehir Ahi Businessmen Association (KAHİAD) until it was shut down by the government, was sentenced to 42 years and 6 months in prison.

The court also handed over TL130,000 [$35,000] fine to him.

Under arrest since May, 2016, Baran was convicted of terror charges over his links to the Gülen movement. The Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and considers the group a terrorist organization. The movement denies role in the coup and terror accusations.

Baran’s detainment came two months before the failed coup, however the government crackdown against the movement supporter dates back to late 2013 when the government was implicated in sweeping corruption probes and then blamed the movement’s followers within the police for the investigations.

A Kırşehir court, on Monday, gave jail sentence of between 5 years to 42 years to 23 suspects, mostly businessmen, including Baran.

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