An Izmir man who accused of 211 people of being Gulenists got his sentence reduced from 9 years to 2.
State-run Anadolu news agency said Friday that the former general secretary of İZİAD, a business union that was earlier shut down over its suspected ties to the Gulen movement, ended up being arrested as part of a separate investigation into the Gulen followers last year.
The executive of the union, identified with his initials H.C., submitted a petition to the prosecutor in charge, asking to tap into “effective remorse law.”
H.C. reportedly identified 211 people from their photos presented by the prosecutor, and accused them of being part of the movement’s network in the province of Izmir as well as some overseas cities.
In his own trial, H.C. was sentenced to 9 years in prison on charge of membership to the Gulen movement. His sentence was later reduced to 1 year and 10 months given that his testimony led to more arrests in Gulen investigations.
Turkish government accuses the Gulen movement of masterminding the July 15, 2016 coup attempt and calls it FETO, short for the alleged Fethullahist Terrorist Organization, while the latter denies involvement.
More than 511,000 people have been detained over alleged Gulen ties since the summer of 2016.