Nesibe Özer, former head of the 2nd Chamber of the Supreme Board of Judges and Prosecutors (HSYK), has been handed down a prison sentence of 11 years and three months due to his alleged links to the Gülen movement.

The Turkish government accuses the movement of masterminding a failed coup in 2016, although the movement denies any involvement.

Özer, who is currently in pre-trial detention at Bakırköy Prison in Istanbul, will remain in prison while she appeals the verdict. She has reportedly been in solitary confinement since on Sept. 9, 2017.

Turkey purged thousands of judges and prosecutors immediately after the coup attempt, accusing them of having links to the Gülen movement, coup participation and terrorism.

More than 4000 judges have been dismissed from their jobs since July 2016 and hundreds of them are currently in prison.