A former Turkish teacher who was dismissed from his job over links to the Gulen movement was sentenced to 10.5 years in jail.

The Adana-based former teacher, identified with his initials Z.K., was intercepted while trying to escape to Greece where many other suspected Gulenists have claimed asylum over the recent years., some time ago.

An investigation had been launched against him following his failed attempt on charges of membership to the Gulen movement.

Hurriyet newspaper reported Monday Z.K. was sentenced to 10 years and 6 months in prison.

Turkish government accuses Gulenists of masterminding the July 15, 2016 failed coup while the latter denies involvement. Thousands of suspected Gulenists have been exiled abroad due to the crackdown back home.