Cemile and Mehmet Dönmez, the parents of an eight year old child with epilepsy have been sent to prison by a Turkish court over alleged links to the Gulen group, accused of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016. The group denies any involvement in the attempt.
According to Turkish Journalist Sevinç Özarslan, the purge-victim couple was arrested on August 18 in Edirne province. Mehmet was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison for depositing money in Bank Asya, which was closed by the government following the coup attempt due to its links to the Gülen group. Similarly, Cemile was sentenced to 6 years in prison for using ByLock, once widely available online and considered by the government to be a tool of secret communication among supporters of the group.
Since the coup attempt, followers of the Gülen movement have been subjected to a massive crackdown, with the Turkish government and pro-government media outlets demonizing its members.
In addition to the thousands who were jailed, scores of other Gülen movement followers had to flee Turkey to avoid the government crackdown.