Fatih Altınay, a Turkish businessman and patent owner of Turkey’s famed Topuz Kebab, has been sentenced to 9 years and 6 months in prison over alleged links to Turkey’s Gülen group, the Turkeypurge.com has learned.
During the 8th hearing of the trial on Thursday, the Amasya High Criminal Court issued its final verdicts for the defendants, some of whom have been in pre-trial detention for more than 1300 days.
Along with Altınay, at least 6 others were given lengthy jail terms on similar charges.
Mr. Altınay is the patent owner of Topuz Kebab, a type of Turkish kebab, made of meat and cooked on a mace, a war tool used since ancient ages. The Topuz Kebab is said to have been invented by Ottoman Kitchen cooks inspired by medieval Turkish soldiers who pierced meat with their swords and grilled it over an open flame.
Altınay was also the owner of a five star restaurant in Merzifon.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15 that killed over 240 people and wounded more than a thousand others. Immediately after the putsch, the AK Party government along with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on Turkey’s Gülen group.
The movement denies any involvement.
However, hundreds of people have been detained and later arrested on charges of membership in the group.