Two teachers in the province of Bartin have received jail terms of 7 years plus 9 months and 22 days, and 7 years and 6 months respectively, as part of an investigation into the Gulen movement.

The government accuses the movement of masterminding the July 15 coup attempt and labels it as a terrorist organization.

S.S., a former teacher at a government-closed preparatory school, is accused of using ByLock, a controversial mobile app that Turkish authorities claim to be the top communication tool among Gulen followers. He is also linked to the movement because of his account at the Gulen-linked Bank Asya. S.S. said the school management asked him to open a payroll account at Asya. S.S. was sentenced to 7 years, 9 months and 22 days in prison on Apr 25.

Meanwhile, M.E., also a Bartin-based teacher, was sentented to 7 years and 6 months in jail on charges of membership to an armed terrorist organization, the same day.