A.M.O., a research assistant at Karadeniz Technical University’s medical faculty until he was dismissed with a post-coup emergency decree, has been sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in jail as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement, on Tuesday.

A Trabzon court handed down 7.5 years of prison sentence to A.M.O. who was earlier released pending trial, on Thursday.

A.M.O. is accused of membership to the movement, which the government blames for the July 15, 2016 coup attempt. The movement denies involvement in the failed takeover.

During his hearing, A.M.O. said he stayed at Gulen-linked dormitories while he was a freshman at the university. He rejected the accusations that he had used ByLock, an encrypted mobile app that Turkish authorities believe to be the top communication tool among Gulen followers.

Following the decision, the suspect was not arrested as he walked free with a travel ban.