A Kayseri-based tax inspector, identified as M.A., was sentenced to 7 years and 6 months in prison over terror charges.

In pre-trial detention as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement for some time now, M.A. appeared before the court for his final hearing on Aug 14.

He pleaded not guilty seeking for his release from the prison, however the court overseeing his case turned down the request.

M.A. was given 7.5 years in jail on charge of membership to the Gulen movement.

Turkish government blames the movement for the July 15, 2016 failed coup and calls it a terrorist organization. The group denies both claims.

More than 150,000 people have passed through police custody and some 90,000 were remanded in prison over Gulen links since the summer of 2016. Among the arrestees hundreds of academics, lawyers, doctors, police officers and many from other backgrounds.

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