Satılmış Çal, an Izmir man who filed a libel suit against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over the latter’s defaming remarks against the Gulen movement in 2013, was sentenced to 8 years in prison on terror charges.

Çal sued Erdogan and claimed compensation for his offensive language against the movement following the Dec 17-25, 2015 corruption investigations. The government have been billing the probes which implicated several cabinet ministers as an attempt to topple down its rule.

Once the government accused the Gulenists for leading the July 15, 2016 military coup, Çal was jailed on terror charges, pending trial.

The Izmir man appeared before the court during his trial and was sentenced to 8 years, 1 month and 15 days in jail on membership to a terrorist organization, on Saturday.

The evidence provided by the prosecutor to back up his/her terror accusations include Cal’s alleged ByLock messages, his libel suit against Erdogan and his membership to an association that was earlier closed down by a post-coup emergency decree. The prosecutor alleges that Cal had sued Erdogan in compliance with the movement’s orders.

Following the 2013 corruption investigations, Erdogan claimed that the movement’s supporters within the state bureaucracy had initiated the probes and he called them with insulting buzzwords including vampires, blood-sucking leeches, tumors, viruses.

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