A local police chief, identified by his initials M.O., who fought against the alleged assassination team targeting the President Recep Tayyip Erdogan during the defeated coup in the summer of 2016, was sentenced to 6 years and 3 months in jail.

The police chief of Marmaris, a western resort town where Erdogan was staying in a hotel at the night of July 15, 2016, was given 6 months plus 3 months in prison on charges of membership to the Gulen movement, which the Turkish government considers a terrorist organization.

M.O. is accused of using ByLock mobile app, a crypto smartphone app that prosecutors claim to be the top communication tool among Gulenists, and of withdrawing from the clashes with the association team on the grounds that he fell short of bullets.

“I was the chief of the police station in Marmaris that night. I am also one of the claimants in the case against the soldiers who participated in the coup. I am one of the first group of men who confronted them. They shouted at me like: ‘Surrender!’ Nedip Cengiz Eker was martyred just next to us,” M.O said during the court hearing according to media.