A Turkish man has been given a prison sentence of 9 years five months over membership in the Gülen group, which is accused by the government of masterminding a coup attempt in 2016.

The indictment revelaled that one of his crimes was to pay tax through now-defunct Bank Asya in 2014.

“During the police search in the house of the suspect, a tax slip dated 06.01.2014, numbered [………], belonging to […….], paid through Bank Asya Sefaköy Branch, has been seized,” the indictment said.

Turkish government blames the Gülen group for the July 15, 2016 failed coup and calls it FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terror Group, while the latter denies involvement. The government’s post-coup crackdown against the movement has included those who had studied at Gulen schools and who had had bank accounts at Bank Asya, and who had made banking transactions at Asya.

Islamic lender Bank Asya was founded by Gulen supporters in 1996, confiscated by the government in May 2016, and completely closed on July 22, 2016.

Before the confiscation, Bank Asya was put under political and economic pressure by the government asking its loyals to withdraw their funds from the “traitor’s bank.”

Gulen supporters, back then, campaigned to deposit more money to resist the pressure, to no avail.

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