Erdal Şen and Ali Sami Yıldırım, the two relatives of Turkey’s major coup suspect Adil Öksüz, have been handed down a jail sentence of 6 years, 3 months, and 7 years, 6 months on coup charges.
According to pro-gpv’t Star daily, Şen and Yıldırım are found guilty over their ties to the Gülen group, which the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a coup attempt on July 15, 2016.
Almost all the relatives of Öksüz have either been arrested or still sought by the Turkish government. In July, his sister-in-law, Emine Sennur Sen, was put under pre-trial arrest while his father-in-law were sent to jail early in January 2017.
However, question marks are yet to simmer down also over accusations against the actual suspect Adil Öksüz as he was released after being detained immediately after the coup attempt.
Turkey survived a military coup attempt on July 15, 2016 that killed 249 people and wounded more than a thousand others.
Immediately after the putsch the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) government along with President Tayyip Erdoğan pinned the blame on the Gülen group.
Fethullah Gülen, the leader of the group, denied having any role in the failed coup, but President Erdoğan and his government initiated a widespread purge aimed at cleansing sympathizers of the movement from within state institutions, dehumanizing its popular figures and putting them in custody.
Turkey’s Justice Ministry announced on July 13 that 50,510 people have been arrested and 169,013 have been the subject of legal proceedings on coup charges since the failed coup.
Turkey has suspended or dismissed more than 150,000 civil servants, including governors, judges, prosecutors, teachers, soldiers and police, since July 15 through government decrees issued as part of the state of emergency.