Gaziantep-based public accountant, identified as A.I., was given 18 years of jail sentence during his final court hearing, media said Thursday.
In pre-trial detention for severel months now, A.I. was convicted of leading a terror group due to his alleged links to the Gulen movement, which the government accuses of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup. Gulenists deny involvement in the failed attempt.
The prosecutor overseeing his case claimed that A.I. was responsible for accounting of the Gulen movement’s activities in Gaziantep; that he used ByLock; that he had money transfers from/to suspected Gulenists; and that he deposited his funds to the now-defunct, Gulen-linked Bank Asya.
A.I. denied the allegations however failed to get himself acquitted of the charges.
More than 150,000 people have passed through custody while 90,000 were remanded in pre-trial detention since the summer of 2016. Meanwhile, over 150,000 have lost their jobs since then.